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By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –Homecoming at Albany State University is a time of celebration for all past, present, and future students. For more than 100 years ASU, has been producing lawyers, doctors, and teachers.

One of those graduates is 80-year-old Edgar Martin. He graduated back in 1950 and has only missed one homecoming celebration since graduation.

Edgar Martin remembers his Alma Mater by a different name." It was called Georgia Normal Agriculture College," he said. 

There were no high schools for African Americans then, Georgia Normal Agriculture college opened it's campus for those students."I graduated from high school there, the name of the school was Georgia Normal Agriculture High School," said Martin.

During his time at ASU, he participated in many activities. "I was the president of my graduating class, and I participated in Drama plays," said Martin. 

The cost of college back then was a lot different. "The cost was considerable cheaper. I was only paying $45 for a semester, and I paid about 6 to 7 bucks for books," said Martin. 

Although his degree was inexpensive, Martin believes his time at ASU was priceless and prepared him for the future. Since graduation, he's been a teacher and the first African-American Supervisor for the Albany post office.

"ASU prepared me for teaching for three years, and I became a supervisor at the Post Office for 28 years until I retired," said Martin. 

During homecoming, he reflects with other graduates about the way things were. "At homecoming I get to see other graduates that I haven't seen in quite some time. It's just a good time of celebration for ASU," said Martin.  

He enjoys recruiting future students to a school from his past. " I would advocate anyone who wants to secure a higher education to come to ASU. If I had to choose all over again what school to attend, it would be ASU," said Martin.  

Edgar Martin is a proud and successful graduate of Albany State University. Also he has served as deacon at his church for 56 years.

While serving as ASU Dougherty County Alumni President, he's raised $3,000 dollars for the university.

More homecoming activities include a golf-tournament fundraiser to benefit Hip Hop Grows Up. Pretty in the City starts at 8:30am until 1pm at the flint river golf course.

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