The University of South Alabama is marking the 50th anniversary of its founding.
The school will hold a celebration on campus in Mobile on Friday night to commemorate its start in 1963.
Gov. Robert Bentley will attend, and officials are planning a special recognition for President Gordon Moulton, who is retiring on July 1.
State lawmakers approved legislation authorizing the school on May 3, 1963, and classes started the next year.
The university has since awarded more than 75,000 degrees, and it now has more than 15,000 students.
A judge has dismissed a family's lawsuit against the University of South
Alabama over a campus police officer's fatal shooting of a naked student.
A Mobile County judge ruled Friday that state law makes the school exempt from the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of 18-year-old freshman Gil Collar.
The judge says the lawsuit can go forward against the university's police chief, however.
A university police officer shot and killed the Wetumpka teenager outside the police station in October.
The parents of a University of South Alabama freshman who was shot to death by campus police are suing over his death.
An attorney for relatives of Gil Collar says the 18-year-old freshman never touched the officer, and the shooting never should have happened.
Attorney Jere Beasley says the family is filing suit against the school and the officer. The university had no immediate comment.
Police and witnesses say Collar was nude and acting erratically outside the campus police station before he was shot to death on Oct. 6.
Witnesses say a University of South Alabama student was screaming obscenities and talking about being on a "spiritual quest" shortly before campus police fatally shot him.
Two students who knew 18-year-old Gil Collar described him Monday as appearing intoxicated shortly before his death early Saturday.
The university says Collar was nude, acting erratically and challenging a police officer when the officer opened fire. A school statement makes no mention of Collar being armed.