WSU turns 125 years old, shares cake on Pullman campus

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University takes the cake as it celebrated 125 years as an institution Friday.

Celebrating a day early due to the weekend, the Student Alumni Ambassadors helped honor WSU by distributing free slices of intricately decorated cakes made by staff at the Compton Union Building.

Celebrating WSU's BirthdayTwenty sheets of white, carrot, chocolate lentil and lemon garbanzo bean cake detailed with crimson and gray flowers, frosting and sprinkles were enjoyed by Cougs passing by on the Glenn Terrell Mall.

Here are some fun facts about WSU:

▪ WSU was signed into state law on March 28, 1890

▪ Classes began in January 1892

▪ WSU was created as a direct result of the federal Morrill Act, signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln

▪ The first official colors were pink and blue ▪ Seven men and women were in the first graduating class (1897)

▪ The signature building at WSU Pullman is named for Enoch Bryan (president 1893-1915)

▪ WSU’s first name was Washington Agricultural College and School of Science

▪ The first sports moniker was the Farmers

To learn more about WSU’s mission serving the state of Washington and the world during the last 125 years, visit

Photos by Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services



Ashley Vu, WSU Student Alumni Association, 408-318-8497

Matt Haugen, University Communications, 509-335-0487,