Monday, August 31, 2009

President, Mayor to Speak at Ceremony to Honor Ferris Founders

BIG RAPIDS – Woodbridge Nathan Ferris and Helen Gillespie Ferris, who founded Ferris State University 125 years ago, will be honored during a special wreath-laying ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The laying of the wreath will take place at the Ferris mausoleum at Highland View Cemetery (607 W. Bellevue Street) in Big Rapids at 4 p.m. For Ferris students and anyone else in the community unable to attend the ceremony in the cemetery, the wreath will be on display on the Campus Quad from 1 to 3 p.m. at the WNF statue. As part of this ceremony, remarks will be made by Ferris President David L. Eisler and City of Big Rapids Mayor Mark Warba.

“We’re so pleased to have this tribute to our founders, Woodbridge and Helen Ferris, to set the stage for Founders’ Day activities and to begin the celebration of the 125th year of Ferris State University,” said Jennifer Thede, a member of the History Task Force, which works to commemorate the history and traditions of the University. “We’re also very pleased the Ferris ROTC is going to be participating by laying the wreath as they assisted in January 2003 when we celebrated the 150th birthday of Woodbridge.”

An invocation and a benediction will be given by Jon Fleming and Jerena Keys of the United Church of Big Rapids.

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