ETSU to hold opening celebration for centennial

East Tennessee State University will officially begin its 100th anniversary observance – Partnerships, Promise, and Hope for 100 Years – during the Centennial Opening Celebration on Friday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. in the ETSU/Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center.

The program will include remarks from ETSU President Dr. Paul E. Stanton, Jr., a video presentation, and the announcement of the faculty and staff winners of the student choice awards contest. In addition, President Stanton will read the official centennial proclamation and sign commemorative copies to be given away following the program. A reception will also be held.

ETSU opened its doors on Oct. 2, 1911, as East Tennessee State Normal School with 29 students. This fall, enrollment passed 15,000 for the first time in the institution’s history. The university now has more than 100 degree programs, including 13 doctoral programs.

The public is invited to the event, and guests should enter the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center on the west side of the building. For more information, or to request special assistance, call ETSU University Relations, (423) 439-4317.

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