Former Presidents & Dignitaries Help “Celebrate a Century”

Distinguished faculty, legendary coaches, and other notables will also attend Centennial Celebration Homecoming events October 4 - 6.

/images/Ferrum College First President Dr Beckham wih two men on mountain road in Model TFerrum, Va. (Oct. 2, 2013) – Former Ferrum College presidents and family members of several others, including the great grandsons of Ferrum’s founding president, will be honored this weekend as the College celebrates its first 100 years during Centennial and Homecoming festivities from Fri., Oct. 4 through Sun., Oct. 6.  Other special guests will include distinguished alumni, faculty, coaches, current and past members of the Board of Trustees, and many more friends of Ferrum.

President Jennifer Braaten encourages everyone to join in the celebrations. “This weekend is the highlight of our 100th anniversary year,” said Braaten, noting that Ferrum’s founding president, Benjamin Beckham, will be represented by two of his great grandsons. “We’ll also be hosting descendants of our fourth president, Luther Derby, and the family of our seventh president, Ralph Arthur.  Joe Hart, our eighth president as well as president emeritus Jerry Boone, my predecessor, will also be with us.” Legendary football coach Hank Norton and former Ferrum faculty member Doug Foard, a past president of Phi Beta Kappa, will also be on hand during the celebrations.

Open to all, the weekend will be filled with a wide range of activities including concerts, picnics, fireworks, a parade, exhibits, athletic events, a 5K run/walk, outdoor adventures, a theater performance and more. While there is a charge for meals, most events are free and the public is welcome to join in the festivities.

More information may be found here.

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About the photograph: Ferrum College's founding president, Benjamin Beckham, who traveled the region recruiting donors and students in a Model T, will be represented by two of his great grandsons during this weekend's Centennial Celebration Homecoming events. A similar Model T, donated to the College by Lanier Frantz, will be the centerpiece of a new exhibit celebrating the College's Centennial at the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum.