DSU at 125

Letter from President ObamaSince its founding in 1891 as the State College for Colored Students, DSU has:

  • Grown from a dozen students in its first year to a diverse campus of 4,500-plus today.

  • Increased its offerings from five bachelor’s degree options to a wide array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

  • Operated two secondary schools on campus – from the 1920s-1952, the second high school for black youths in Delaware, and today, the Early College High School.

  • Benefited from the leadership of 10 presidents, including Dr. Jerome Holland, who navigated the institution through instability in the 1950s with the promise of future prosperity, and it continues today with President Harry L. Williams.

  • Become an active member of the scientific, solution-seeking research community, with $25 million in federal research grants since 2010 and the opening of the state-of-the-art Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR) Building last year.

  • Expanded its presence abroad with institutional partnerships in China, Ghana, South Korea, South Africa, Vietnam and more.

  • Earned recognition as the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ 1890 University of the Year twice in recent years.

  • Focused on academics and innovation in achieving student success, most recently with the support of a $1.2 million Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant.

President's Letter

President Harry L. WilliamsThis year, I hope you’ll join me as we reflect upon our 1891 founding as the State College for Colored Students and our 125-year evolution into today’s Delaware State University.

The official start date of the anniversary year is May 15, 2016.

We’re planning a grand celebration with many opportunities throughout the year for the campus community to take part in marking this milestone. For more information on the events and activities, please regularly visit the 125th anniversary website: desu.edu/125.

President Harry L. Williams

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May 15, 2016 marks the 125th anniversary and we will incorporate a celebration into the following events and ceremonies.

Event/Ceremony Date Time Location
Founders Day 2016—Then and Now 02/11/16 11-11:50 a.m. Loockerman Hall
Scholarship Sunday 03/13/16   State-wide
Earth Day/Arbor Day 4/22/16 All day MLK Student Center
May Commencement 05/07/16 10-12 p.m. Alumni Stadium
New Student Orientations Summer-on-going 2-day events MLKSC; campus-wide
Prayer Breakfast 09/16/16 7 – 9 a.m. MLKSC all parlors
Convocation 09/15/16 11-11:50 a.m. EH Theater
Homecoming 10/15/16 All day Campus-wide
President’s Scholarship Ball
Sponsorship Packet
12/10/16 5-11 p.m. Dover Downs Hotel and Casino
December Commencement 12/17/16 10-12 p.m. Memorial Hall Gymnasium

125th Anniversary Kick-off

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Timeline for Delaware State University

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Founders Day 2016

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Contact Information

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1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Daytime: 302.857.6060
Evening: 302.857.6290

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