NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University alumni who graduated from the institution at least 40 years ago recently reported raising more than $250,000 for student scholarships.
The Vintagers return to their alma mater each spring commencement and hold different functions on graduation day. They dress in caps and gowns, and join the ceremony to relive their graduation day.
TSU’s graduate commencement is Friday, May 6, and the undergraduate ceremony is on Saturday, May 7.
At a luncheon in their honor before the May 6 commencement, the Vintagers made presentations totaling nearly $256,000.
“When you come back and bring a gift like this, you are securing the future of Tennessee State University,” TSU President Glenda Glover told the former students at the packed ceremony on the main campus. “Your gifts are making a tremendous difference in the lives of our students.”
This year’s celebration recognized the classes of 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966 and 1971.
The newest members of the group, the Class of 1976, were inducted into the organization, and pledged to support the institution.
On the fundraising, the Class of 1966 reported $118,067, the most raised by any group. The Class of 1956 came in second with $53,159, followed by the classes of 1971, $35,426; 1976, $32,463; 1951, $9,495; and the Class of 1961, $7,250.
The Vintagers are organized under the Office of Alumni Relations in the Division of Institutional Advancement, which planned the luncheon.
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