Delaware State receives record gift

 Members of the class of 1965 present their record gift at a May 18 reception. (Photo courtesy of Delaware State University)

Members of the class of 1965 present their record gift at a May 18 reception. (Photo courtesy of Delaware State University)

Delaware State’s class of 1965 donated $104,000 to its alma mater, the largest sum donated by an alumni class in school history.

The record gift comes 50 years after the class of 1965 graduated from what was then Delaware State College.

In all, 62 people contributed to the $104,000 total. University President Harry Williams praised the class of 1965 in a statement.

“This gift is not only tremendously remarkable as a reflection of your love for your alma mater, but also as a new standard for alumni support of DSU,” Williams said.

Historically, Delaware State’s alumni giving rate has hovered around five percent according to a 2013 report by the school’s development and investment committee. On the top end, some schools boast alumni giving rates as high as 65 percent according to figures tabulated by U.S. News and World Report.

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