Most schools in Maryland celebrate the birth of their school with a Founders Day. Bowie State University on the other hand, celebrates being the first Historically Black College (HBCU) in Maryland as students, professors, and staff members gather to celebrate 150 years of existence at a black-tie only event.


Bowie State has come a long way from their started in Baltimore, Md. They were known then as “School #1” back in 1865, until in 1908 when the state gained control over the school, according to the university’s website.

Bowie State has been celebrating 150 years since the first month of 2015. Even Beatrice Payne, who at 105 is the oldest living Bowie State alumni, still celebrates with the university, according to the website. Now Bowie is gathering everyone who has cherished the school through the diversified institution’s legacy. read more