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121st Founders’ Weekend

Friday, March 3 – Sunday, March 5
Preserving Our Future: Embracing Our Legacy

Faculty PicSC State University will celebrate 121 years of excellence in service to the community, state, nation and world, having produced all of the following: leading professionals in arts, sciences, politics, law, medicine, human services, education and more African-American Army officers than any other university military training facility in the nation. This is the legacy of South Carolina State University, and we will continue to build upon this legacy of excellence.

Join us for a time of celebration and reflection by attending any one of our scheduled events open to the public.

Friday, March 3

Thomas E. Miller Society Induction Ceremony and Dinner (invitation only)
The Presidents’ STATE Room
6:30 p.m.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 (Retired) Lamar Webster Powell (Posthumously)
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Thaddeus "T.K." Bythewood, Jr.


Saturday, March 4

SC State University Foundation Scholarship Gala & Tribute
Uniting Leaders of Today with Leaders of Tomorrow

Smith-Hammond Middleton Memorial Center
6 p.m. – Reception
7 p.m. – Program and Awards Ceremony
9:30 p.m. – Gala Party

Alexis Simmons
Reporter/Multimedia Media Journalist
WCSC-TV, Charleston, South Carolina

2017 Shining Stars

Abrianna Williams
Elementary Education
Branchville, SC

Tyree Clyburn
Charlotte, NC

Endia Green
Plainfield, NJ

Imani Bell
Physical Education Teaching
Manning, SC


The Honorable Tim Scott
U.S. Senator (R-South Carolina)

The Honorable Marlon Kimpson
State Senator (D-Charleston)

BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC

Donnie Shell, ’74, ‘77
Retired Pittsburgh Steeler

Armstrong Williams, ‘81
Founder and CEO of Howard Stirk Holdings, LLC

Mike Colter

Mike Stone and The Kritikal Band

$175 per individual
Call (803) 536-8742 to RSVP or to get more details on additional sponsorship opportunities.


Sunday, March 5

Quarter Century Luncheon (invitation only)
Bulldog Lounge – K.W. Green Student Center
1 p.m.

Deborah Blacknall
Grants Administrator/ASST Officer
Office of Sponsored Programs

Thomas Cassidy
Communications and Languages

Geoffrey Collier
Social Sciences

Eduardo Curry
Adjunct Professor
Human Services

Frank Martin
Visual & Performing Arts

Janice Owens
Teacher Education

Nathaniel Wallace
English & Modern Languages

Presidential Installation and 121st Founders’ Day
Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center
4 p.m.
Reception immediately following – I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium

Installation of SC State University 12th President
James E. Clark

Distinguished Community Service Award
Kenneth "Ken" E. Middleton

Distinguished Young Alumna Award
Kendra Speed Sellers, ‘01

Distinguished Alumnus Award
Michael W. Triplett, Sr., ‘83

Distinguished Alumna Award
Brenda L. Williams, ‘74

Distinguished Alumni Award
Class of 1966
Accepted by Janet Stokes, ‘66

Keynote Speaker
President James E. Clark