WSSU Celebrates 124th Birthday
Winston-Salem State University celebrated its 124th birthday and long legacy of educating future leaders on Wednesday, Sept. 28, with 2,000 red and white cupcakes.
WSSU was founded as the Slater Industrial Academy on Sept. 28, 1892. It began in a one-room frame structure with 25 students and one teacher. In 1895, the school was recognized by the State of North Carolina, and in 1899, it was chartered by the state as Slater Industrial and State Normal School.
In 1925, the school became the first Black institution in the nation to grant degrees for teaching in the elementary grades. Today, WSSU has more than 5,000 students and offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and 10 graduate programs, both master’s and doctorate. WSSU is no. 1 in the UNC System for graduates receiving jobs in North Carolina after graduation.
WSSU Chancellor Elwood Robinson helped distribute cupcakes to students in The Cleon F. Thompson Student Services Center starting at 11 a.m.
“For 124 years, Winston-Salem State University has built a legacy of preparing future leaders,” Robinson said. "While the world around us has changed, our commitment to providing a high-quality education that prepares students for rich and fulfilling lives has been unwavering. I believe our founder, Dr. Simon Green Atkins, would be proud of what this institution has become.”
Plans are already underway for a yearlong celebration for WSSU’s 125th quasquicentennial next year.