100-Year-Old College Diploma Donated to Concord College

For Immediate Release: 
Feb 09 2000

100-Year-Old College Diploma Donated to Concord College

Athens, W.Va. - Mr. A. A. "Lon" Hopkins, Jr., Bluefield, W.Va., presented a 100-year-old Concord Normal School diploma to Concord College, February 7, 2000. He chose this year because it represented the 100-year anniversary of his father’s graduation from Concord Normal School. J. Douglas Machesney, Vice President for Development accepted the gift on behalf of the college. Mr. Hopkins also donated a framed photograph of his father to the school.

Hopkins' father, wife and one of his two sons attended Concord College. The 100-year-old diploma was awarded to Mr. Hopkins' father, A. A. Hopkins, Sr. He graduated from Concord Normal School, now Concord College, in June 1900.

He began teaching in the Bluefield City Schools in 1903. In 1915, he began his teaching career at Beaver High School and taught history until his retirement in 1945 at the age of 72. He continued as a substitute teacher until 1963, working 60 years as an educator. He was Assistant Superintendent of Beaver Pond District Schools in 1925-26, and served two terms in the West Virginia State Legislature in the late 30’s. Mr. Hopkins was the co-author of the first pension bill for West Virginia school teachers.

Mr. Hopkins, Sr. authored "The Genealogical History of the Hopkins, Farley, Cook, Keaton, and Brown Families." The book was published in 1964.

Mr. Hopkins, Jr. commented that he was very proud of his father’s achievements, and the fact that he received his education from Concord. He went on to say, "In 1945, my dad taught me history at Beaver. Some of the kids in class wanted me to get the key to my dad’s history tests. I knew that if my dad found out, that I would catch it from him, so I refused!"

The framed diploma and photograph will hang in the Alumni Lounge in the College Center.

For more information on how you can make a gift to the college, call 1-304-384-5317.


Concord College Notes: The Office of Development is responsible for fundraising, public relations, alumni relations, and marketing for the College. All West Virginia State Colleges have either Development or Advancement Offices that provide these types of services. The College’s endowment has grown from $125,000 to $15 million the past 12 years. Funds are used primarily for scholarships for students at Concord. More than 75% of the student population receives some sort of financial aid (scholarships and need-based federal financial aid); $9.7 million was awarded in the 98/99 school year and $12.2 million in 99/00, an increase of 26%.