(June 23, 2017) On a (not unusual) hot and humid June Friday, Armstrong honored its Golden Graduates along with coveted faculty and staff from the 1937 to 1965 era.
Over 80 guests gathered for a spectacular luncheon in the Armstrong Center Ballroom. Alumni, faculty and family members of faculty who could not be present enjoyed perusing through the collection of yearbooks on hand and mingling with classmates, friends and faculty.
The program began with a warm welcome from Mr. Bill Kelso, VP for Advancement and a fitting introduction for Armstrong’s new Interim President, Dr. Jennifer Frum. Alumnae Annelore Harrell, ’52 captivated the guests with delightful memories of the old Armstrong Campus along with remarks of gratitude for those faculty and staff that helped to mold these particular alums and the Armstrong campus into the wonderful institution it is today. She credited Armstrong with giving her the education and opportunity to establish herself. Dr. Frank Rossiter, ’60 provided guests with a brief history of how Armstrong Junior College was established and offered words of acknowledgement on behalf of his late aunt, Jule Rossiter Stanfield.
Guests also enjoyed a special presentation of a collection of photos and quotes of their favorite faculty and staff given by alumnus Herbie Griffin, ’42. Mr. Griffin is celebrating his 75th year as an Armstrong Alumnus.
The day wound down in a celebratory, nostalgic mood, with words from Somi-Benson-Jaja, ’09, President of the Alumni Association. Somi credited the University and its alumni with providing him with the leadership, education and confidence he needed to become a successful entrepreneur. He offered his sentiments of hope and encouragement for Armstrong, its alumni, faculty, staff and current students to move forward in success.