TSU cuts the cake on 100th year

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 2:18pm
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Dignitaries help spread dirt around an oak tree planted in honor of the centennial.


Ivanetta Davis, the second first lady of Tennessee State University, stood on the porch of the former president’s residence at the center of campus and cut a birthday cake commemorating the school’s 100th year on Tuesday morning.

TSU’s Aristocrat of Bands blasted out Stevie Wonder’s version of “Happy Birthday.” Davis, the wife of TSU’s second president Walter Davis, also turns 100 this year.

The cake-cutting capped a ceremony that linked TSU’s past 100 years to its present and future.

Mayor Karl Dean, Rep. Brenda Gilmore, Sen. Thelma Harper and several TSU officials spoke at the ceremony.

Harper’s short speech turned toward the future, addressing the school’s current search for a new president.

“We will have a TSU president,” Harper said. “Don’t be skeptical. ... we’re going to be all right y’all.”

Gilmore read a proclamation signed by Gov. Bill Haslam and passed by the General Assembly that recognized TSU’s contributions to the state.

All of the dignitaries helped spread dirt around an oak tree that was planted in honor of the centennial.

Hundreds of people, including students, alumni and faculty members were on hand for the ceremony.

5 Comments on this post:

By: BigPapa on 6/19/12 at 1:01

TSU cuts the cake on 100th year....

Still hoping for a graduate that can conjugate a verb correctly.

By: NewYorker1 on 6/19/12 at 1:15

What!!!! she didn't get shot for cutting the cake?

By: PillowTalk4 on 6/20/12 at 8:41

BigPapa, are you certain the author of this article is a graduate of TSU? NewYorker1, I'm sure you're not missed by the Empire State for your ignorance.


By: Jughead on 6/21/12 at 7:34

Ebonics and african studies. Glad my tax dollars fund TSU's ghetto-themed homecomings. Keep the AK47's and cocaine coming, TSU!

By: Trumpet on 7/4/12 at 10:30

Joe/The Collection:

Just scratching my head, and wondering..."is the Nashville Scene some sort of refuge for Tennessee State University haters, or what ?" Keep standing up for what you/we know PillowTalk 4. It's refreshing!

Jody....from Salemtown