Grambling State University was founded in 1901 and offers degrees in seventy-two (72) disciplines, graduate and undergraduate, in four (4) colleges and three (3) schools. Grambling State University Alumni are recognized nationally and internationally as exceptional individuals performing or having performed, extraordinary feats within and beyond their areas of study and practice. These are the graduates that Grambling State University celebrates by bestowing them with the honor of induction in their "rightful place", The Grambling State University Hall of Fame, Gallery of Distinction.
The Grambling State University Hall of Fame was initially started in 1980, under the administration of Dr. Joseph B. Johnson.The original Hall of Fame consisted of three categories: Alumni, Athletics, and Friends of the University. In 2004, Dr. Horace A. Judson changed the Hall of Fame to focus more on the induction of Alumni but later restored the Athletic category in 2008.
A commemorative plaque of each inductee is located in the Founder’s Home, which is in walking distance of the campus. The founder, Charles P. Adams, was the first inductee into Grambling State University’s Hall of Fame. Adams also served as the first president of the institution from 1902-1932.
The Gallery of Distinction was established in 2004 and resides in a select location within the buildings of each of the academic colleges and schools. Photographs of these greats are represented by class graduation dates and induction years. Class photographs of succeeding Hall of Fame inductees will also be housed in the Founder's Home.