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Armstrong celebrates new name

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Students, faculty and staff are celebrating a name change at Armstrong State University Tuesday.

The university mascot is still the Pirates, but "Atlantic" has been dropped from the university's name. 

Atlantic was added to the name in 1996, in hopes of drawing more students by playing up the coastal location, but the school in recent years dropped Atlantic from its marketing materials and commercials. 

Now, the Georgia Board of Regents has signed off on dropping Atlantic, and the name change is official as of July 1, 2014.  

The name change celebration, which will include an ice cream party, will take place at Armstrong State University on Abercorn Street until 2 p.m. 

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