Miles College Founders Day Convocation


Fairfield, AL– Miles College Founders Day Convocation will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 11:00a.m., at First Baptist Church of Fairfield. The guest speaker for the Convocation is Bishop Harry L. Seawright, the 133rd Bishop of the AME Church.

In 2016, Bishop Seawright was elected and consecrated the 133rd bishop of the AME church at the Quadrennial Session of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He serves as Presiding Prelate of the 9th Episcopal District for the state of Alabama.

Miles College is celebrating its 120th year anniversary of service in Higher Education. The foundation of Miles College has been grounded in Christian roots since its inception in 1898.  It was one of the very first colleges affiliated with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME) for African American students, playing a historical role in community advocacy, political progress and corporate partnerships that served to advance the careers of its students and the mission of the institution.

Miles College, founded in 1898, is a premier liberal arts institution located in metropolitan Birmingham within the corporate limits of the City of Fairfield. The noble founders of the institution saw educated leadership as the paramount need in the black community. Miles, which is fully accredited by Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and accredited by Commission on Colleges for the awarding of Baccalaureate Degrees, is the only four-year institution in historic Birmingham, Alabama designated as a member of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Miles College is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) higher learning institution. The college is one of only 39 HBCUs to have a designation of a United Negro College Fund (UNCF) institution.

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