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100-Year-Old Alumnae Named TSU’s Centennial Homecoming Grand Marshal

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee State University will be celebrating 100 years at this year's homecoming celebration and so will the Grand Marshal of their parade, Ivanetta Davis.

Davis turned 100 years old over the summer and this weekend will be honored as the Grand Marshal at TSU's Centennial Homecoming parade. Davis is also the former first lady of TSU.

"I am honored to be asked to serve as the Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal," Davis said. "Tennessee State University is my school and I love to serve in any way I can."

On Thursday, she celebrated her appointment as Grand Marshal with a special dinner at Gaylord Opryland Resort.

"I am just humble and very grateful for this honor and I thank the President and all of those who had a hand in selecting me as Grand Marshal," she said.

Davis started her time at the University back in 1936 as an elementary education major. She later met and married the then head football coach, Walter S. Davis, who would later become the second president of the University. Their son, Ivan, currently works at TSU in the Health Department.

TSU's Centennial Homecoming Parade will be held Saturday, September 29, beginning at 9 a.m.

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