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Showcasing Founder’s Day at Mississippi College


Entering a new decade, Mississippi College supporters will celebrate the university’s anniversary during Founder’s Day activities.

Events on January 21 include a chapel program in Swor Auditorium. At America’s second oldest Baptist college, time devoted to worship, prayers and music that morning will occur during the institution’s 194th anniversary.

Founded in 1826 as Hampstead Academy on five acres in rural Central Mississippi, MC has grown to nearly 5,000 students today. In September, the “Wall Street Journal” recognized Mississippi College as the state’s best private university in its annual report focusing on more than 800 schools nationwide.

MC survived turbulent times like the Civil War and the Great Depression, while boasting of a lengthy list of accomplishments during its storied history. MC leaders are taking initial steps to prepare for the university’s 200th anniversary in 2026.

Following the chapel program, President Blake Thompson, MC sports personality Tom A. Hawk and other members of the Blue & Gold family are invited to enjoy delicious pieces of cake along with cups of hot coffee.

Produced by Mississippi College graduate Paul Bonds, BeanFruit coffee will be served once again along with cake from Meme’s Brick Street Bakery in Clinton. The BeanFruit Coffee Company is based in Flowood.

The yummy treats will be served starting around 11:30 a.m. inside or outside the B.C. Rogers Student Center. The exact location depends on the winter weather that Tuesday on the Clinton campus.

Last year, students applauded Founder’s Day activities.

“This is a good way of remembering our history,” said MC student Carmen Harris of Vicksburg. For the Vicksburg High graduate, it marked her first MC Founder’s Day in 2019.

Baptist-affiliated Mississippi College is Mississippi’s oldest institution of higher learning. From the main campus in Clinton to the MC School of Law in downtown Jackson, the future looks bright in 2020. A new Honors College and expansion of international programs are among some of the latest initiatives at Mississippi College.

Entering a new decade, Mississippi College supporters will celebrate the university’s anniversary during Founder’s Day activities.

Events on January 21 include a chapel program in Swor Auditorium. At America’s second oldest Baptist college, time devoted to worship, prayers and music that morning will occur during the institution’s 194th anniversary.

Founded in 1826 as Hampstead Academy on five acres in rural Central Mississippi, MC has grown to nearly 5,000 students today. In September, the “Wall Street Journal” recognized Mississippi College as the state’s best private university in its annual report focusing on more than 800 schools nationwide.

MC survived turbulent times like the Civil War and the Great Depression, while boasting of a lengthy list of accomplishments during its storied history. MC leaders are taking initial steps to prepare for the university’s 200th anniversary in 2026.

Following the chapel program, President Blake Thompson, MC sports personality Tom A. Hawk and other members of the Blue & Gold family are invited to enjoy delicious pieces of cake along with cups of hot coffee.

Produced by Mississippi College graduate Paul Bonds, BeanFruit coffee will be served once again along with cake from Meme’s Brick Street Bakery in Clinton. The BeanFruit Coffee Company is based in Flowood.

The yummy treats will be served starting around 11:30 a.m. inside or outside the B.C. Rogers Student Center. The exact location depends on the winter weather that Tuesday on the Clinton campus.

Last year, students applauded Founder’s Day activities.

“This is a good way of remembering our history,” said MC student Carmen Harris of Vicksburg. For the Vicksburg High graduate, it marked her first MC Founder’s Day in 2019.

Baptist-affiliated Mississippi College is Mississippi’s oldest institution of higher learning. From the main campus in Clinton to the MC School of Law in downtown Jackson, the future looks bright in 2020. A new Honors College and expansion of international programs are among some of the latest initiatives at Mississippi College.