Troy University to celebrate 125th birthday with year of celebration

Posted: Tuesday, 31 January 2012

TROY—This year, Troy University will mark 125 years of service to students in Alabama, across the U.S. and around the world with celebrations and special events at its campuses and sites worldwide starting in February.

Events related to the University's 125th birthday will kick off with the Birthday Gala Celebration at the Troy Campus on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The afternoon of activities will start with the second induction ceremony for the TROY Shield Society—the University's planned giving society—at 4 p.m. inside the Trojan Center Theater. Admission is free and open to the public.

A reception and gala birthday dinner will follow starting at 6 p.m. inside the Trojan Center ballrooms. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by contacting the Office of Development at 334-670-3608

During the dinner, the University will recognize members of the Circle of 125 giving society and the Shield Society.

The Circle of 125 is a special group of donors who contribute $500 or more to help fund the 125th celebration activities and a special scholarship. Benefits to Circle of 125 members include a listing of members' names on plaques, which will be housed on all of TROY's Alabama campuses, priority seating at the celebration dinner and a special gift from the University.

The worldwide 125th birthday celebration will be held on Feb. 24, starting at 11:30 a.m. on the Troy Campus inside Sartain Hall. TROY's campuses in Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City, along with other national and international sites, will conduct simultaneous celebrations as well. Admission to the celebration events is free and members of the public are invited to attend.

The Troy Campus celebration will also be broadcast live online via the University's website——starting at noon, giving TROY alumni and fans everywhere a chance to participate.

As a part of the yearlong celebration, the University has launched a special website,, which includes a history of the University with an interactive timeline, information on upcoming events related to the anniversary, a countdown clock to the 125th birthday and an opportunity to make a gift to TROY online.

Visitors to the site can also share how Troy University has touched their lives by submitting personal stories, photos and videos.

"It is an exciting time in the life of Troy University," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "Of the 100 colleges founded in our founding year of 1887, 27 are now defunct. Troy University has thrived because we stand on the rock of our founding principles. The University's motto in 1887, 'Educate the mind to think, the heart to feel and the body to act,' remains just as true today."

Founded as Troy State Normal School in Troy, Ala., Troy University today has more than 28,000 students at more than 60 campuses and teaching sites worldwide and is a leader in distance learning.