During the 2001-2002 academic year, a group of black students decided it was time to recognize and celebrate the achievements of other black students on campus. With the support of the Black Student Alliance, as well as black faculty and staff, they founded the African American Celebratory. The AAC received both local and national support for acknowledging the accomplishments of black students in its first active year. However, with support came criticism. Nevertheless, the organization continues to productively celebrate the graduation of black students. Over the years, the goals of the AAC have expanded to include homecoming week events, educational programs, community outreach, and service learning.