Students, faculty, staff and administration at SUNO along with community members will take part in a weeklong celebration in honor of university’s 60th anniversary.

On Sept. 21, 1959, SUNO opened the doors of its one building to 158 students and 15 faculty members.

The weeklong 60th anniversary celebration begins Sunday, Sept. 15 with an Ecumenical Service at 1 p.m. in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Auditorium, at 6400 Press Drive. Clergy from various denominations will participate in the service.

At 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16 in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Auditorium, a Student Convocation will feature an address by SUNO Chancellor Lisa Mims-Devezin. An alumni reception is scheduled at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the new College of Education & Human Development Building on the Lake Campus facing L.C. Simon Drive.

“The Knight with the Chancellor” Scholarship Banquet is scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 in the SUNO Gym. Tickets are $25 per person or $150 for a table and can be purchased at the SUNO cashier’s window on the first floor of the Bashful Administration Building.

“We continue to chart new territory as we embark on the 60th anniversary of this great institution,” SUNO Chancellor Lisa Mims-Devezin said. “Southern University at New Orleans is resilient, resourceful and ranked among the top colleges in Louisiana. We remain committed to providing our students with a quality education and the personal attention needed for success. We have a lot to celebrate!”

On Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 at 8 a.m., the University will celebrate its 60th anniversary with the SUNO 60 Strides Run/Walk. The walk will begin at the corner of Press Drive and Bashful Boulevard. Registration is $19.59 via or $25 on-site the day of the event, beginning at 7 a.m. Following the Run/Walk everyone will gather in SUNO Conference Center for refreshments, health screenings and various vendors. The Run/Walk is sponsored by the SUNO Foundation, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, New Orleans East Hospital, Walmart and The Blood Center.

The celebration will not end in September. The Southern University at New Orleans Foundation will honor the University during The BASH at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Tickets for the annual fundraiser are $160 and can be purchased on

Call 504-286-5341 for details.

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