OCTOBER 17, 2008

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Centennial Convocation Set for Murray State College

One hundred years of change in education will be celebrated on the campus of Murray State College in Tishomingo on Oct. 23, 2008 beginning at 4 p.m. on the front lawn of the Administration Building.

Started as a secondary school of agriculture, the new school opened on October 5, 1908 for a first term of eight months. The first classes were conducted in a building located at the present site of the Tishomingo Middle School. The city of Tishomingo vacated one of the two public school buildings to accommodate the students. Eighty acres located south of the city were acquired for a sum of $2,000 and deeded to the State of Oklahoma which would become the familiar campus.

Named for the ninth governor of the state of Oklahoma, William H. “Alfalfa Bill” Murray, Murray State College has provided 100 years of leaders who have changed the course of Oklahoma’s history and education.

Centennial festivities will honor the past and future of Murray State College beginning at 4:00 p.m. on the front lawn of the Administration Building with a processional and invocation as well as a flag salute. Addresses by speakers will recognize and illustrate the purpose of convocation and the significance of academic regalia. The president of the student body will lead the incoming freshmen in a pledge and all will sign a register with a formal presentation of the class to the audience.

Following the ceremony, an Aggie cookout will follow on the front lawn for students, staff, families and community business leaders.

Upon dusk, a fireworks display will conclude the front lawn ceremony ushering in a rising curtain in Fletcher Auditorium scheduled at 8 p.m. with members of Murray State College’s Theatre Department’s performance of “A Centennial Celebration,” an original script depicting scenes from decades of plays presented on campus.

For more information about the convocation, contact Karen Cantrell, 580-371-2371 ext. 175. Information about reserving tickets for the theatrical performance can be made with Lisa Coulter, 580-371-2371 ext. 126.