Ivana Spurlock | Contributing Writer
Hampton University is celebrating 150 years of being the “Standard of Excellence.”
This yearlong celebration will feature several memorable events for not only the Hampton University community but Hampton Roads.
This year also marks President Dr. William R. Harvey’s 40th anniversary as president of the university.
President Harvey has one of the longest tenures of any sitting president of a college or university in the country since his arrival in 1978.
Brint Martin, director of alumni affairs, spoke highly of the president and the university’s long-lasting success.
“These milestones are highly significant and meaningful, as they demonstrate our staying power as a university, and this is evident in the strength of our students, alumni, faculty and staff and leadership.”
The theme for this yearlong observance is “Celebrating a Legacy and a Legend of Excellence.”
In honoring the theme, the first event to formally kick off the celebration and the 2017-2018 school year will be the 75th Annual Opening Convocation on Sunday, Sept. 24 in Robert C. Ogden Auditorium.
The ceremony will include students, faculty, staff, parents of graduating seniors, and alumni.
This year’s speaker is Hampton University alumnus Calvin L. Butts Jr.
Butts has had his hand in the university’s community as the founder of Hampton Nation, Hampton University’s athletic foundation.
Celebration plans will continue in October with a host of events geared toward alumni during Homecoming weekend.
The festivities will begin with the official Kickoff Concert & Celebration, featuring award-winning multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson.
It will culminate with a black-tie anniversary gala in April.
Other alumni events to look out for throughout the year include: The Biggest Day Party Ever, Platinum Penthouse Experience, and The True Blue Funk Festival.
As far as events for current students, the football team will have five home games this season. Two of them are fan favorites: Battle of the Bay at Norfolk State University on Saturday, Oct. 14, and Howard University vs. Hampton University on Saturday, Nov. 18.
Honoring 150 years of Hampton University’s history has students excited of what this school year has in store.
“Celebrating 150 years means that I have the privilege of being a part of a rich history, and that we [the class of 2018] have left our mark of greatness in the legacy of what we know of Hampton University,” graduating senior and student leader Michael Eley said.
For more information on events, visit the Hampton University website at hamptonu.edu.