Spartan Academic Excellence Gala Tickets On Sale
MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis speaks at last year's Academic Excellence Gala at the Breslin Center.

April 3, 2014

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State Athletics Department and the Office of the Provost are pleased to announce Archie Manning as this year's keynote speaker for the 17th Annual Spartan Academic Excellence Gala April 14 at the Breslin Center.

The office of Student-Athlete Support Services coordinates this semi-formal dinner/program that honors the accomplishments and successes of Spartan student-athletes in the classroom and in the community. The Academic Excellence Gala will honor student-athletes with a 3.0 or above grade-point average (GPA), the top male and female graduating seniors, two outstanding freshmen, men's and women's teams with the highest GPA, an award for outstanding community service and leadership, and a multicultural award.

For the first time in the history of the event, general admission tickets are on sale ($65) to the public. Tickets are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Date: Monday, April 14
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Breslin Student Events Center
Cost: $65 per person

If you have questions about the event, the RSVP process, or if you are interested in becoming a potential donor for the event, please call Student-Athlete Support Services at (517) 355-2204 or email

Archie Manning, who is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in Ole Miss and Southeastern Conference history. A two-time first-team All-American (1969-70), Manning ended his career with 5,576 yards of total offense, accounting for a school-record 56 touchdowns. He still holds several Ole Miss records, with a number of his previous records having been broken by his son, Eli, who has won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants. A co-captain of the 1970 Sugar Bowl champions, Manning's No. 18 jersey was the first Ole Miss jersey to be retired in 1986. He finished fourth in balloting for the Heisman Trophy in 1969, and third for the award in 1970, and was named National Back of the Year in 1969. Manning held the SEC record for most total offense in one game, 540 yards against Alabama in 1969, until 2012.

A No. 2 overall selection by New Orleans in 1972 NFL Draft, Manning went on to have an outstanding 14-year pro career with New Orleans, Houston and Minnesota. He won the prestigious NFL Man of the Year Award in 1977. Manning is a member of Ole Miss Team of the Century (1893-1992) and member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame.

-Courtesy of Mississippi Athletics Media Relations