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Celebrating 50 Years of Black Undergraduate Life

During 1965 and 1966, the first black undergraduate students were admitted to Rice University, marking one of the most significant milestones in the school's history. In celebration of 50 years of black undergraduate life, Rice University, in conjunction with the Association of Rice University Black Alumni (ARUBA) and partners across campus, is featuring a yearlong series of events designed to reflect upon Rice's history, to celebrate cultural heritage and inclusiveness, and to foster the exchange of ideas across generations. Rice alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends are all welcome on this journey to chart an ever-brighter future for Rice. 

2016 Events & Activities

Rice's celebration will feature several events throughout the year and will culminate with a gala in fall 2016. Be sure to check back as new details are added, and visit our Year in Review page for a chronicle of events to date.

Meet the Author: Featuring Prof. Anthony Pinn, June 15
Join Rice alumni and friends for a special event featuring Prof. Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, who will discuss his recent book “Humanism: Essays on Race, Religion and Popular Culture.” A question-and-answer session and casual reception will follow.

More details to come!

Black History at Rice

Woodson Research Center chronicles "50 years of Black Undergraduate Life"
A special exhibit chronicling black history at Rice will be on display in the Rice Memorial Center through May 14, 2016. The exhibit features materials from Rice's Woodson Research Center Special Collections and Archives

Be a part of the legacy!
Submit your photographs and memorabilia (event programs, videos, newspapers, T-shirts, etc.) to be included in the university's black history archives. If practical, you are encouraged to send original items. Please include the names of the individuals pictured, an item description and the year. 

Email photos to kean@rice.edu. Mail items or drop them off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to:

Woodson Research Center
Fondren Library MS 44
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Stay Connected

Get the latest updates on the 50-Year Celebration and other Rice Alumni events by updating your contact information via our Express Update Form. In addition to connecting with our proud community of Owls, you'll receive invitations to Rice events, alumni news, networking opportunities and more.  

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Connect with ARUBA

The Association of Rice University Black Alumni (ARUBA) provides opportunities for Rice's black alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff to reinforce old relationships and develop new relationships with each other and with the Rice community as a whole. Learn more. 

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