About the Celebration

The College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University will commemorate its 50th anniversary with a yearlong celebration of excellence culminating in a formal gala on Aug. 29. Other events include a series of lectures from former students beginning Sept. 18, a football tailgate for all former students and friends on Nov. 2.

The celebration will conclude with the college’s annual Dean’s Roundtable event in which sponsors honor the accomplishments and dedication of those who have made a positive impact on the lives of people in the great state of Texas and beyond. The 2020 event will honor 50 transformational leaders and include a formal gala with keynote speaker to be announced at a later date.

Throughout the year, former students are encouraged to give back to the college so tomorrow’s students receive the cutting-edge training critical to solving the challenges of our time through the 50 for 50: A Challenge for the Decades.

When you make a donation as part of the campaign, your gift will help fund scholarships, graduate fellowships and general student support for future Aggie leaders. Each gift will be marked with the class year of the donor. The winning decade will be announced at the 50th Anniversary Gala. Proceeds from sponsor gifts and the 50 for 50 Challenge will go towards our goal of raising $500,000 to create endowed and non-endowed scholarships, graduate fellowships, and general student support in the college.

The College of Education and Human Development opened its doors under the direction of Dr. Frank W.R. Hubert on September 1, 1969. The following decades saw the development of a strong, cohesive college through the recruitment of faculty from major research universities across the nation and by building quality programs.

The college is now home to four departments: Educational Psychology, Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, Health and Kinesiology, and Teaching, Learning and Culture. We are committed to excellence in preparation of leaders in the fields of education, health, business and sport. With nationally-recognized faculty experts, staff and students, the college maintains its standing as a leader among its peers.

Events & Activities

Former Student Lecture Series (multiple events)

The Former Student Lecture Series is sponsored and hosted by the Student Involvement Sub-Committee. Sessions are scheduled throughout the year and feature a former student currently working in the field. Lunch will be provided and registration is required. 

Who should attend:  Current students, faculty and staff

Scheduled speakers:

  • Sept. 18, 2019
    • Dr. Thomas Randle ’75, Superintendent – Lamar Consolidated ISD
  • Oct. 22, 2019
    • Ms. Erin Stutts ’99 – Agricultural Science & Family and Consumer Science teacher, FFA Advisor, College Station ISD
  • Feb. 22, 2020
    • Ms. Leslie White ‘15, Child Life Activity Coordinator – Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Apr. 14, 2020
    • Ms. Michele Sheppard ‘17, Counselor – Katy ISD

Look out for more information via email.

Student Welcome Back Bash - Sept. 19, 2019

Each fall the college hosts the Welcome Back Bash for current students, faculty and staff.  This year we will be celebrating the college’s official birthday with pizza, cake and CEHD giveaways.  The mayors of both Bryan and College Station will be on hand to declare Sept. 19 the College of Education and Human Development Day in our community.

Who should attend: Current students, faculty and staff
Time: 11:30 a.m. – until the food runs out
Location: Harrington Plaza

Outstanding Alumni Gala - Nov. 1, 2019

The Outstanding Alumni Award is the highest honor the college can bestow upon its former students. Since 2004, we have been honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions in their chosen fields with significant impact, innovation and influence in the college, in their community and beyond. This year we are inviting all former Outstanding Alumni to join us in recognizing the newest honorees.

Who should attend: Former Outstanding Alumni, current and retired faculty, friends and donors
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hilton College Station & Conference Center – Ballroom

Former Students & Friends Tailgate (TAMU vs. UTSA) - Nov. 2, 2019

We are inviting all former students back to College Station for a chance to catch up with old friends and former professors at the Former Students and Friends Tailgate. We will have plenty of food, fun, and space to catch the game. We hope to see you there!

Who Should Attend: Former students, friends and donors, current and retired faculty and staff
Time: 8:30 a.m. – kickoff is at 11:00 a.m.
Location: O.R. Simpson Drill Field

RSVP to the Tailgate  Purchase discounted tickets to the game  

50th Anniversary College Leadership Panel - Cancelled

Unfortunately, recent events and circumstances have caused us to cancel the 50th Anniversary College Leadership Panel.

Join us as we take a look back at our 50-year history through story and discussion with some of our former deans and college leadership. Event moderated by Dr. Sylvia Fernandez ‘88.


  • Dr. Joyce Alexander
  • Dr. Mary Alfred
  • Dr. David David
  • Dr. Shailen Singh
  • Dr. Doug Palmer
  • Dr. Len Ponder

Who Should Attend: Former students, friends and donors, current and retired faculty and staff
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Memorial Student Center – Bethancourt Ballroom

Dean's Roundtable & 50th Anniversary Gala - Aug. 29, 2020

Since 1991, the college has recognized leaders and life-changers through the Dean’s Roundtable celebration while raising private gifts for student support. This year the college will honor 50 transformational leaders in honor of 50 years of excellence and then have a big party to celebrate our historic milestone. Learn more about this event.

Who Should Attend: Former students, friends and donors, current and retired faculty and staff

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Memorial Student Center – Bethancourt Ballroom