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University’s 167th year celebrated

University’s 167th year celebrated

On Feb. 1, 1845, before Texas was even a state, a charter was granted by the Ninth Congress of the Republic of Texas and approved by President Anson Jones to establish the Baptist university that would eventually become the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Baylor University. Although Charter Day celebrations have evolved over the years, one thing remains consistent. The first day of February is always a special day set aside to celebrate Mary Hardin-Baylor’s rich heritage.

 This year’s events began with the traditional laying of the wreath on Judge Baylor’s grave. Immediately following, students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Mabee Student Union Building for a campus-wide birthday party. Students donned birthday hats, sang “Happy Birthday,” and enjoyed cupcakes. A drawing was held for three $100 gift cards from the names of students who participated in a UMHB history trivia game.

Assistant Director of Campus Activities Jeff Sutton said this year’s birthday party was student-led and organized.

“The birthday party was planned by our Campus Activities Board, which is a student group that organizes events for our student body,” he said. “The purpose of the event was to celebrate the university’s heritage and tradition. It was a way for students, faculty, and staff to remember where UMHB has come from and celebrate where it is going.”