Wednesday, April 16, 2014
If you're a student, graduated this year, 5 years ago or 50 years ago this toast is in your honor. You're not just a dolphin for your college years; you're a dolphin for life!
You're a part of the Alumni Association... this is your chance to connect with JU alumni around the world. The connections you can make are infinite, so spread the word and who knows who you might be clinking your glass with.
Why April 16th?
April 16, 2014 will mark the 80th birthday of Jacksonville University. On April 16, 1934 Jacksonville University originally known as WM. J. Porter University signed its charter. In those early days, students were schooled in practices of law, arts and sciences, literature, language and commerce. The founder’s charter envisioned “the study of the principles and practices of law,” it also envisioned four degrees: bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of science in commerce, and bachelor or laws. This was hardly a modest proposal. School officials decided to scale plans down to a two- year program, a junior college rather than a university. That first academic year the school decided to operate as Porter University, and then commence the second year as Jacksonville Junior College- but without officially changing its name by amending the original charter. JU began to forge its values and build a strong university.
This year, let’s take a moment to pause and celebrate Jacksonville University’s Birthday. Join in on all the fun for our Global Toast and birthday celebrations on campus, off campus and all around the globe. Please use hashtag #JUTOAST on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share your toast moments during the JU Global Toast. And don’t forget to wish Jacksonville University a happy birthday! Students and Alumni: Share your Jacksonville University birthday moments on social media using hashtag #JUbday.