Delgado Will Celebrate Founder’s 175th Birthday on November 21








Delgado Will Celebrate Founder’s 175th Birthday on November 21

New Orleans, La. – This week, Delgado Community College is celebrating the 175th birthday of its founder, Isaac Delgado. On Friday, November 21, at 10:00 a.m., Delgado students will place a memorial wreath at the tomb of Delgado, the businessman/philanthropist whose gift established the trades school on City Park Avenue in New Orleans that grew to become today’s multi-campus Delgado Community College.

Isaac Delgado was born November 23, 1839, and the placing of the memorial wreath on this date is a Founder’s Day tradition observed by generations of Delgado students. The event is sponsored by the Delgado Student Government Association. The 2014 commemoration is being held on the Friday prior to Delgado’s birthday, which falls on Sunday this year.

The Delgado tomb is located in Metairie Cemetery, approximately one-half mile from the college’s City Park Campus and 1.5 miles from another of Isaac Delgado’s gifts to the city, the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Delgado Community College offers instruction online and at nine convenient locations, including the City Park, West Bank (Algiers), and Charity School of Nursing campuses and locations in Slidell and Metairie. A brand-new location, Delgado Sidney Collier, opened in August 2014 on Louisa Street in the Desire-Gentilly area.

Founded in 1921, Delgado has the highest enrollment among all colleges and universities in New Orleans, and is one of the largest higher education institutions in Louisiana. As well as offering associate’s degrees and transferable college credits, Delgado provides diplomas and certificates in dozens of professional and technical areas. Workforce development is a priority at Delgado, hence the college’s motto: “Education that works.”

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