It's a big day at East Carolina University. The school is celebrating Founders Day Thursday.
This year's ceremonies include dedication of the Trustees Fountain and the awarding of the Jarvis Medal. The Jarvis Medal is the highest service honor.
The first event of the day is a Community Leaders Breakfast at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church at 7:30 a.m.
The Trustees Fountain in Wright Circle will be dedicated at 10 a.m.
People will then move into Wright Auditorium 10:30 a.m. for the Centennial Convocation.
That's where Janice Hardison Faulkner will receive the Jarvis Medal, which recognizes extraordinary service to the university or society.
Faulkner, a former North Carolina secretary of revenue, secretary of state and commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles, is a graduate of ECU. She also received an honorary doctorate from the university.
A new art exhibition will open with a reception at 5:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Joyner Library. "A Perception of Events" features paintings and drawings by Michael A. Dorsey, ECU artist, professor and former administrator.
The final event of Founders Day is the public program of interviews with ECU alumni who were the first members of their families to earn four-year degrees between 1930 and 2005. That event begins at 7 p.m. on the second floor of Joyner Library.
All Centennial Founders Day events are free and open to the public.
This year's Founders Day is the last that will be celebrated during ECU's Centennial Celebration, which began in March 2007 and will continue through this October.