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Radford University Centennial
Celebrating the Century -- Forging the Future

Charter Day photosRU Celebrates 100 Years of Education and Service at Charter Day Ceremonies

One hundred years after it first opened its doors, Radford University and a multitude of its closest friends gathered on campus Wednesday, March 24, for the university’s Centennial Charter Day Celebration.

The day-long celebration began with a ceremony that featured the Governor of Virginia as an honored guest, a keynote address from a philanthropic shoe giver, birthday cake and 100 red biodegradable balloons soaring into blue sky over the university’s Dedmon Center.

For more on the RU Charter Day story, please see the RU News Release. Also see Charter Day Slide Show for more photos of the day's activities.

* RU SGA, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Theta Chi Come Together to Celebrate the Final Weeks of the Centennial Year >> See Story
* Help Feed the Hungry with RU Greek Life’s “Fill the Truck Food Drive” >>See Story
* Staff Senate Honors Colleague, Celebrates Centennial through Blood Drive >>See Story
* Charter Day Celebration Inspires Reflections by Alumni Ambassadors >>See Story
* RU Recognizes Boy Scouts of America During Charter Day Celebration >>See Story
* The Politics Behind the Creation of Radford University >>See Story
* Alumni Reflections by Shirley Williams Walton '60 >>See Comments

Upcoming Centennial Events

Please go to Centennial Events, for a complete calendar of upcoming events.

100 Moments in Radford Athletics History

The Radford University Athletic Department is honoring the Centennial by posting a list of 100 great moments in Highlander history. The first 20 "moments" are online now on the RU Athletics Web site and more will be added periodically.

Recent Centennial Service Challenge Projects

Groups of RU students from the Education and Physical Education departments recently participated in several Centennial Service Challenge projects. For more infomation and photos, click on each thumbnail image below.

Service Projects

The Centennial Service Challenge

Who's accepted the Centennial Service Challenge? RU NOVA/DC Alumni gathered for a holiday event at Clydes in Ashburn, Va., and collected money that was donated to the Blue Ridge Food Bank in honor of Radford University’s Centennial. See others (go to Centennial Service Photos) who have accepted the challenge, then find out how you can do the same. Consider a contribution of service, and the Power of 100!

Important Founding Dates

* Charter signed: March 10, 1910

* First session of classes: September 17, 1913

* First board meeting: July 26, 1910

* First commencement: June 6-9, 1914

* First president elected: October 3, 1911

* First two-year diploma awarded: June 8, 1914

* First faculty elected: June 6, 1913

* First four-year B.S. degree awarded: June 6, 1921

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