North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University celebrated 123 years of excellence in academics, research and community engagement on Thursday March 20, at the 2014 Founders’ Day program.

Col. R. Bruce Monroe, class of 1990, delivered the keynote address.  

"This is one of the greatest sources of pride in my life, being a graduate of A&T. To be here and to be asked to speak at Founders’ Day is just an extreme honor. It’s like being promoted or graduating again," Col. Monroe said.

Monroe has served in the United States Air Force, on activity duty, for over 24 years and has held a variety of command and staff positions.  He is currently heading up the International Division for Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

"I’ve been under 15 different assignments since I left A&T and no matter where I was, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, it didn’t matter if I was in Iraq, I would meet someone form A&T. They would understand Aggie Pride and we’d have some sort of common bond," he added.

Other program speakers included Chancellor Harold L. Martin, City of Greensboro Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson, Board of Trustees member Faye Tate Williams, Provost Joe B. Whitehead Jr., SGA President Canisha C. Turner and Dr. Claudette Bennett, chair of the board of directors of the National Alumni Association.

Seven distinguished alumni received the Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to their respective professions, community and the university. The 2014 recipients were:  Jack L. Ezzell Jr., '62 (College of Arts and Sciences); James F. Garrett, ’64 (College of Engineering); Elvis L. Graves, '79 (School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences); Timothy O. King, '76 (School of Business and Economics); Patrice J. Faison, '03 (School of Education); Anita M. Chesney, '71 (School of Nursing); and, Cornelious Lamberth, '89 (School of Technology).

Note: Mark your calendar and plan to attend the upcoming Students Honors’ Convocation, April 9, 10 a.m. in Harrison Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.