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Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social in Anderson Park to be King University’s 150th Finale Celebration

BRISTOL, Tenn., August 10, 2017 – King University will host an old fashioned ice cream social in Anderson Park off of 5th Street in Bristol on Tuesday, Sept. 5 as they wrap up a year-and-a-half celebration of the University’s 150th anniversary. The event, which begins on the front lawn of the UPM Pharmaceutical building at 6 p.m., will move to Anderson Park across the street immediately following opening remarks. The event, which will conclude at 8 p.m., is free. King students, faculty, staff, and alumni are encouraged to attend.

“King’s final celebration event begins on the lawn in front of the UPM Pharmaceutical building on 5th Street. This was the site of King College’s original campus when it opened its doors in 1867; the structure of the building remains there as part of the much larger manufacturing facility,” said Denise Asbury, acting vice president for Institutional Advancement. “It seemed fitting to conclude our celebration at this location, and we are grateful to the Gregory family for allowing us to commemorate this special occasion at their facility. Following some brief comments, guests are invited to continue the celebration across the street at Anderson Park, where King will host an old fashioned ice cream social. Adding to the festivities will be an old fashioned Dixie land band.”

King University began celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary during Dogwood Weekend on April 9, 2016. This date marked exactly 150 years to the day the Holston Presbytery gathered at the old Pleasant Grove Church in Bluff City to sign a declaration establishing King College. King would open its doors, welcoming its first students in Aug. 1867. This August, King is thrilled to welcome the 150th class of students to campus.

“It has been an amazing celebration of King’s history and legacy this last year-and-a-half,” said Asbury. “We’ve reconnected in immeasurable ways with our heritage and reflected on the lives touched and changed over the years as a result of our mission. King is a place of the mind and of the spirit. As we celebrate one last time during our sesquicentennial at the location where our history began, we will also look forward to the next 150 years with anticipation and assuredness that King will continue to touch and change lives in impressive ways.”


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.