Congresswoman Katherine Clark Shares Presidential Proclamation on FSU’s 175th Anniversary

Congresswoman Katherine Clark Shares Presidential Proclamation on FSU’s 175th Anniversary

Dec 2, 2014

U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark visited Framingham State University on December 1st to share a special proclamation from President Barack Obama celebrating the University’s 175th Anniversary. 

“I am thrilled and delighted to be here and to have Framingham State University in my district and be able to represent you in Congress,” Clark said before reading a portion of the proclamation. “Framingham State really has been an educational leader in the Commonwealth for many years.”

The proclamation, which was read to a crowd of more than 150 students, faculty and staff in front of the McCarthy Center, included a special message from President Barack Obama.

“I am pleased to join in celebrating Framingham State University’s 175th Anniversary,” the President wrote. “Since your University’s founding, faculty and staff have prepared students to meet the challenges of their time, and by cultivating passion for learning, schools like yours help ensure the doors of opportunity continue to open wide for all who are willing to dream big.”

Framingham State was founded in 1839 as the first public teacher’s college in the United States.
“We are celebrating 175 years of changing the world,” FSU President F. Javier Cevallos said prior to introducing Clark. “A democracy without education cannot survive.”

The full text of the Presidential Proclamation is below:

“I am pleased to join in celebrating Framingham State University’s 175th Anniversary. America’s schools serve as gateways to opportunity and engines for our nation’s progress, inspiring students to be the best version of themselves and equipping them with the tools to thrive. Our halls of learning can instill in our next generation the fundamental belief that with hard work nothing is beyond our reach. Since your University’s founding, faculty and staff have prepared students to meet the challenges of their time, and by cultivating passion for learning, schools like yours help ensure the doors of opportunity continue to open wide for all who are willing to dream big. I hope your community takes pride in the ways your school and University have touched lives. As you celebrate this special milestone, I wish you all the best for years ahead.”

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.