TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Black Student Union, Black Alumni Association, and Florida State University President, John Thrasher, cut the ribbon to a new space for black students on campus.
Past FSU students were mingling with current students during the ribbon cutting for the university's brand new Black Student Union.
"When I started here, it wasn't that many blacks here on campus, so what happened is we began to come together," said Terri Cook, FSU alum.
Alumni pointed out things from their time on campus while the new kids on the block showed off things that are culturally significant today.
"A lot of minorities struggle with having that connection to other people, and building relationships and making friends because its not a lot of people that look like us," said Maurice Wedderburn, FSU Black Student Union President. "It's something that's a lot of times is overlooked but is very important for our success."
After a year and a half of construction, black students on FSU's campus now have a new place to call home.
"People come here to study. They come here to relax and they come here to meet new people. I see how this support system is helping us," said Wedderburn. "We're leaning on each other for support and that's really the main purpose of this."
And with all of the tears of joy and laughter among the crowd, it was clear that the building and what it signifies is important to many across the generations.