COVINGTON, Ga. – Georgia State University’s Newton County campus celebrated its 10th anniversary Wednesday, complete with the burying of a time capsule on the campus, hotdogs and hamburgers, a community softball game and even a birthday cake.
The campus was built on land donated by the community. It opened its doors in June of 2007 as Georgia Perimeter College with 1,275 summer school students.
By fall of that year, that number had grown to 1,997 students. In all, according to numbers provided by GSU/Perimeter College Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator Rebecca Rakoczy, the Newton campus has seen 18,331 students take at least one class since it opened.
The campus became a part of Georgia State University in January of last year after the two schools were merged by the Board of Regents. The anniversary celebration was planned to coincide with GSU’s Homecoming Week activities.
A time capsule scheduled to be unearthed at the campus’ 20th anniversary was buried and a community softball game featuring GSU students, faculty and staff, along with local softball players was played on the baseball field once occupied by the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars.
The campus currently serves a student population of 1,496 students.