150 Years of Excellence!
Wiley College marks its 150th year with celebrations and recognitions from August 23, 2022 to March 23, 2023.
Welcome to the Wiley College Sesquicentennial Information Page, your hub for the 150th-anniversary calendar of events and information! Our Sesquicentennial is a time of celebration and reflection on the historical significance of Wiley College.
As we increase the legacy of Wiley College for 150 more years, we need you as we make history again. A generous gift to the Increasing the Legacy: Wiley College Sesquicentennial Campaign is an opportunity to commemorate and continue the tradition of excellence. Your generous gift will support a state-of-the-art student-athlete complex and programs that increase the student and student-athlete experience. Support Wiley Wildcats Today!
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Since its inception in 1873, Wiley College has dominated the higher education landscape. With 150 years of excellence, our legacy is rich and storied. Wiley College has a long legacy of impact as one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions. Whether it has been through our scholars, activists, debaters, leaders, musicians, or athletes, Wiley College is synonymous with excellence. As the home of the Great Debaters, we have demonstrated our commitment to excellence and are positioned in the annals of history. As “one of the top ten Exemplary Academic Stewardship Colleges or Universities,” we are still steadfastly the guardians of our founders’ vision. Wiley College has not just made history with its academic program recognition but also with our scholar-athletes who have dominated on and off the field as national champions.
Today, we honor the past and present space held by Wiley College as a place of dominant scholar-athletes who are exceptional on and off the field. As we celebrate our 150th Anniversary, give to the Increasing the Legacy: Wiley College Sesquicentennial Campaign and be a part of our history.
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In 1873, the Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church founded Wiley College near Marshall, Texas, to allow Negro youth the opportunity to pursue higher learning in the arts, sciences, and other professions. Named in honor of Bishop Isaac William Wiley, an outstanding minister, medical missionary, and educator, Wiley College was founded during turbulent times for Blacks in America.
As the nation’s first HBCU west of the Mississippi River, Wiley College has been home to great alumni such as Mr. James Farmer, Mr. Heman Sweatt, and Ms. Opal Lee. The College is currently organized into two degree-granting divisions: the School of Business and Social Science and the School of Education and Sciences. The latter division, although not degree-granting, is responsible for the College’s general education and interdisciplinary studies.
There is an unyielding conviction among the faculty and administration today that learning occurs best in an academically challenging and supportive environment and embraces the principles of academic freedom and shared governance. Overall, Wiley College remains a viable force in the academic community. The institution continues to be a leader in innovation. It was the first “Thinkpad College” west of the Mississippi River. This initiative allowed all students to use a laptop for their daily classwork. For almost 150 years, Wiley College has offered educational opportunities to the citizens of Texas, the nation, and the world. The Wiley College spirit remains vibrant in the face of remarkable social change, global terrorism, economic strife, and adversity. The beacon of light that is Wiley College will shine forth unsullied for generations to come. The insightful vision of years past that made Wiley College a preeminent Black college in the south is alive and well.
C. Wiley College Sesquicentennial Calendar of Events
Sesquicentennial Events and Celebration
Monday 01/31/ 2023
150 Years of Excellence: Storytelling for Our Future, 6:00 PM, at Julius S. Scott, Sr. Chapel
Tuesday 02/21/ 2023
Athletic Glory Over The Years, 6:00 PM, Hayes Auditorium
Oral History Project & Reception, 4:30 PM, at Thomas Cole Library
Sesquicentennial Founders’ Week Events
Sesquicentennial Chapel Service, 11:00 AM, at Julius. Scott, Sr. Chapel
Freedom Film Premiere, 7:00 PM, Hayes Auditorium
Sesquicentennial Convocation, 11:00 AM, Julius S. Scott, Sr. Chapel
Celebration Under the Stars, 6:00 PM, Heman Sweatt Plaza
Fireside Chat with Ms. Opal Lee & President Herman Felton, 2:00 PM, Julius S. Scott, Sr. Chapel