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Upcoming Events

Dillard University is celebrating 150 years of Excellence and Heritage.


Dillard University Day of Service

January 11, 2019

Jan 11

Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic Weekend

February 15 - 16, 2019

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Honors Convocation

March 26, 2019

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Alumni Reunion Weekend

May 9 - 20, 2019

Read more May 9

Bacculaureate 2019

May 10, 2019

May 10

Commencement 2019

May 11, 2019

May 11

150th Gala

May 11, 2019

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Dinner En Bleu

October 18, 2019

Oct 18


October 19, 2019

Oct 19

Founders Day Convocation

October 20, 2019

Oct 20

Homecoming Parade

November 9, 2019

Nov 9
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Brief History of

Dillard University

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Dillard University

In 1935, New Orleans University and Straight College merged to form Dillard. It was named for James Hardy Dillard, an educator dedicated to educating African-Americans. Dillard, born in 1856, was the son of slaveholders in Virginia, but became one of the best-known and most-active white proponents of improved educational opportunities for African-Americans in the South.

New Orleans University

Operated between 1873 and 1934 in New Orleans.
It was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church and affiliated with a number of preparatory schools located in various parts of the state of Louisiana.
It merged with Straight College in 1934 to form Dillard University.

Straight University

Responding to the post-Civil War need to educate newly freed African Americans in New Orleans, Louisiana and the surrounding region, the American Missionary Association of the Congregational Church founded Straight University on June 12, 1868. Straight University received its name as recognition for Seymour Straight's initial endowment gift. Throughout its history, Straight offered courses of study ranging from elementary to college level courses in music and theology. In 1934, after struggling with financial difficulties during the Great Depression, Straight College was merged with New Orleans University to form Dillard University.

Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook
President 1975-1997

Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook was a political scientist, professor, author, administrator, human rights activist, and civil servant. Dr. Cook is best known for serving as the first African-American faculty member at Duke University, in 1966, as well as serving as the President of Dillard University from 1975-1997.

75 Years of Nursing Gala

“A nursing program in Dillard University should develop better persons as well as better nurses; persons who will provide leadership in an increasingly important profession."
-Dr. Albert Dent
3rd President of Dillard University