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Don Speed Goodloe, the first principal of the Maryland Normal and Industrial School at Bowie for the Training of Colored Youth, 1911-1921.

To celebrate their 150th anniversary, Bowie State University held a Founders Day Celebration Convocation at the university’s Samuel L. Myers Auditorium on April 15.

“We challenge ourselves to continue the rich legacy that is Bowie State University,” BSU National Alumni Association President Dr. John Word said during the convocation.

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Normal School champion basketball team, 1928

Coppin State University Director of Instructional Technology Dr. Dionne Nicole Curbeam graduated from BSU twice, explained during her speech that she believes her education at BSU prepared her for today’s competitive workforce.

“I am overwhelmed to be celebrating this 150th anniversary of Bowie State University,” Curbeam said. “My studies here both as a undergraduate and graduate school student have been pivotal to what I am doing now.”

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The Farm House, 1911, an original building from the Maryland Normal and Industrial School at Bowie

Dillard University President Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough served as the event’s keynote speaker. Kimbrough, who was recently named on Ebony magazine’s “Power 100” list of topinfluencers in the African-American community, is often recognized for engaging students on social media and his extensive research on HBCUs.

The event also honored 1,400 Bowie State students who were named to the Dean’s List or inducted into scholastic honor societies in 2014.