Centennial Celebration 2015-2016

TN Tech Gala

Alumni, faculty, staff and friends celebrated the Tennessee Tech Centennial in fine fashion at a formal gala held April 1 at the Leslie Town Centre. This final event of the university's 100th anniversary culminated a year's worth of events and projects. Souvenir photos are available for free download. 

Celebrating a Century

In 1915, when a group of local businessmen and civic leaders convinced the state of Tennessee to establish an institution of higher education in Cookeville, local girls and boys finally had the opportunity to study at a public college close to home. Since 1915, Tech has advanced from the first class year to the 100th, from fewer than 1,000 students to more than 11,000, from one building to nearly 100, and from 25 acres to more than 250.


Learn more about the celebration


From Charter Day in March 2015 to the Centennial Gala in April 2016, Tennessee Tech's celebration of its first 100 years includes three special events, as well as adding a centennial touch to commencement ceremonies, Homecoming and more. Here's more about how we're celebrating a century.



With an eye toward the future, celebration programming also includes meaningful additions to the campus culture. Special projects include public art, new music, the Centennial Challenge, and the Scholar-Mentor Award.

For a reinterpretation of the past, see the video below of our Charter Day ceremony on March 27, 2015. For a look at how we started the semester, see this video montage of the Downtown Kick-Off on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015.

See all the projects

Own a Piece of History! 


If you love Tennessee Tech, you'll love this book. Drop by the University Bookstore on campus or the Cookeville History Museum in Cookeville's historic West Side.

Visit the University Bookstore on campus and the Tennessee Tech collection by Balfour online, for Tennessee Tech's 100th anniversary collection of apparel and gifts.







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