Central State to celebrate its 130th birthday on Tuesday

Central State University will celebrate its 130th birthday with a “Charter Day” celebration on Tuesday.

The celebration will include a speech form a CSU alumna and the induction of six alumni into the university’s hall of fame.

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Rev. Gloria Wade-Dillon, a 1977 alumna, of Xenia, will provide the keynote address at 10 a.m. during the celebration.

The event will reflect on the state-financed combination of the normal and industrial departments at Wilberforce University in 1887, which later became Central State College in 1951, according to CSU.

The institution officially became Central State University in 1965, according to the CSU website.

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Below is a list of the alumni being inducted into the hall of fame on Tuesday:

Harold L. Flowers, Southlake, Texas, 1959

Thomas E. Simpson, Gahanna, Ohio, 1965

Hazel Symonette, Madison, Wsconsin, 1968

Alvin R. Scott, Sr., deceased, 1969

James E. Gordon, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, 1973

Timothy L. Tramble, Sr., Cleveland, Ohio, 1993

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