1919 - 2019 Celebrating 100 Years
On November 16, 2019, Lincoln University celebrated its 100 Year Anniversary. To commemorate the day, we were joined by over 200 local and international guests including local dignitaries, business representatives, board, faculty, staff, alumni, and their family members. The centennial party was held at the California Ballroom in Downtown Oakland. We were also joined by some of our donors including Lincoln University Alumni, AC Transit, and Canventa Life Sciences. Following a welcome speech by President Mikhail Brodsky, Mayor Ally Medina from the City of Emeryville congratulated Lincoln University on its impressive 100-year history. The speakers included our alumni Silicon Valley Engineer and Entrepreneur, Lauri Viitas, Lincoln University Registrar, Maggie Hua, and President and CEO of Western University College, Ethiopia, Abetu Melaku. The Chairman of the Board, Allan Samson, also told nostalgic stories about Lincoln University’s history. Entertainment weaved throughout the evening, all performed and led by Lincoln University students or alumni, and owing to the diverse background of the LU community, the performances were as varied as they were impressive. The highlight of the evening was an award from Oakland District 3 Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney presented to President Mikhail Brodsky on behalf of Lincoln University. McElhaney commanded the room with her charisma as she declared November 16 “Lincoln University Day” and expressed gratitude for Lincoln University's contribution to the City of Oakland and beyond.