Tarleton State to Celebrate 125 Years of Excellence

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — This fall, Tarleton State University will launch its 125 Years of Excellence celebration to honor the esteemed history and cherished traditions of the institution.

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Paying homage to the vision of founder John Tarleton, the celebration will commence Sept. 3 with a special ceremony. A formal indoor event featuring Texas A&M System, city, state and legislative speakers will initiate the festivities before moving to Alumni Island for a Birthday Bash. Additional details regarding the launch day happenings will be available at a later date. The celebration will kick off the official 125th anniversary of the university’s inaugural week of classes in 1899.

Throughout the year, events and activities will be branded and promoted as part of the celebration. Some highlights include Family Weekend Sept. 27-28 and Homecoming Week Oct. 6-12, with others to be announced in the coming months.

The celebration will align with the first year of NCAA Division I championship eligibility, as well as the 89th Legislative Session.  

“For 125 years, the gates of our university have been open to opportunity for all,” said Tarleton State President Dr. James Hurley. “We will leverage the foundation from our history to propel us forward as our Texans make a transformative impact on the region and state. We’re excited to celebrate with our students, alumni, faculty and staff over the next academic year.”

The celebration will honor Tarleton State’s rich history and traditions, pay tribute to generations who have contributed to a legacy of student success, and build excitement for the future.

An official logo set has been approved for the 125th-anniversary celebration. The mark is primarily a purple and white number “125” with the Tarleton State logo placed at the core of the mark, symbolizing 125 years of pursuit for victory and honor, echoing the sentiment of Tarleton’s revered color song, “All Hail the Proud Defenders of the Purple and the White.” These two colors stand as the essence of the mark with a delicate thread of lavender between, which underscores the unity of the hues, mirroring the unity found in every Tarleton State Texan.

“This is a historic milestone that displays Tarleton State’s enduring spirit,” said Vice President for University Strategy and Chief of Staff Dr. Credence Baker, chair of the 125th planning committee. “When Texans see the 125 Years of Excellence mark, they will experience a sense of pride while recognizing their involvement in something extraordinary.”

For more information, visit https://www.tarleton.edu/125years/.

A founding member of The Texas A&M System, Tarleton State is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of nearly 17,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.