Southern University plans 140th Founders’ Day, March15

Southern University throughout March will celebrate its annual Founders’ Day. The university, which was established in 1880, is celebrating “140 Years of Excellence and Impact” in Louisiana and throughout the world. The Convocation, to be held on Monday, March 15, will feature Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards as the keynote speaker. The event will be held at 10 a.m. in the F.G. Clark Activity Center on the Baton Rouge campus.

Southern was established as an act of legislature, with its first campus in New Orleans. The institution relocated to Baton Rouge as part of its land grant mission in 1914. Since then, the university has grown into the only system of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation. Campuses today include Southern University Baton Rouge, Southern University at New Orleans, Southern University Shreveport and Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

Other events scheduled for the System-wide celebration include:

Sunday, March 8
Churches and other places of worship are invited to participate in a virtual recognition of Southern University in Sunday services and on social media. For more information and to register, click here.

March 9
Southern University Laboratory School Pilgrimage
9 a.m., Clark Gravesites, back of campus

March 19
First Day of Spring on the Bluff
Noon, back of campus

March 19
Southern University Ag Center presents Natalie Baszille, author of “Queen Sugar.”
Time and location TBD

March 31
SU Day at the Capitol
Louisiana State Capitol

For more information, go to All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information on alumni events, go to