154th Founders Day Convocation

Presiding – Chancellor Darrell T. Allison, Fayetteville State University

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Howard School

Fayetteville State University’s continued success is a testament to the tenacity of the spirit of seven Black citizens and the Black community of Fayetteville who established and supported the Howard School for the purpose of educating black children. Our seven founders were David A. Bryant, Nelson Carter, Andrew Jackson Chesnutt, George W. Grange, Sr., Matthew N. Leary, Jr., Thomas Lomax, and Robert H. Simmons.


Dr. Kimberly Smith-Burton '94

Chief Marshal and 2020-21 Teacher of the Year

Welcome and Occasion

Chancellor Darrell T. Allison


From the Board of Trustees

Mr. Stuart Augustine
Chairman, Board of Trustees

From the Student Body

Ms. Sydney Harris '21
President, Student Government Association

From the Alumni

Mr. Richard Kingsberry '78
President, FSU National Alumni Association

Introduction of the Speaker

Chancellor Allison

Anthony Jenkins

Convocation Address

Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins '95
President, Coppin State University


Awards and Presentations

Chancellor Allison

The Chancellor’s Medallion Award — Dr. Clarence E. Lloyd, Jr. '65

The Family of the Year Award — The Edwin R. and Ola Mae Hill Family

Bronco Legacy Circle Inductees — Dr. Clarence E. Lloyd, Jr. '65 and Mr. Wayne Branch '91

Alma Mater

Dr. Denise Payton '99
Director, Choral Activities

Lyrics to Fayetteville State University Alma Mater

Our colors so true, Oh Hail, White and Blue!
To thee our voices ring.
Tho' seasons may roll, and changes unfold,
Thy praise we'll ever sing.
All honr and love and loyalty
We pledge our hearts anew.
Our Alma Mater F.S.U.
We hail thee, Old White and Blue.

We cherish each hall, each time honored wall
Each bending tree and bower.
Tho' far we may roam, thy spirit leads on
To victory and power
With courage and might and majesty
March on, old colors true.
Our Alma Mater F.S.U.
We'll stand by Old White and Blue!

Closing Remarks

Chancellor Allison

Virtual Pilgrimage

Ms. Jasmin Sessoms '14 
Interim Director, Alumni Affairs