Hardin-Simmons to Celebrate Its 125th Anniversary with Special Convocation

Event will feature noted Abilene historian Jay Moore, HSU dignitaries, and more


Abilene, TX --  1891 was an important year. It was the year the sport of basketball was invented, Carnegie Hall opened in New York City with Tchaikovsky as guest conductor, electricity came to the City of Abilene, and Hardin-Simmons opened its doors to students. 

The public is invited to help Hardin-Simmons celebrate the important milestone at its 125th Anniversary Convocation. The event will be held on Feb. 18th, the date in 1891 when the school’s charter was adopted under its original name, Abilene Baptist College. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. in Behrens Auditorium.  The event will be live streamed via the HSU website. View it at  http://portal.stretchinternet.com/hsuadmin/. 

The only living HSU presidents will be present at the convocation. HSU president Dr. Lanny Hall will preside over the convocation. Dr. Jesse Fletcher, the university’s 12th president, will offer the invocation and Dr. W. Craig Turner, the university’s 14th president, will deliver the benediction. 

Dr. Travis Frampton, professor of biblical studies and associate provost at Logsdon Seminary, will deliver a talk titled, “Remembering Dr. James B. Simmons” 

Local historian Jay Moore will deliver the Convocation Address. He will take a look back at the people and events that helped form the school. 

The Hardin-Simmons University Concert Band will provide music for the event. Refreshments will also be available following the event in the Moody Student Center. 


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