Revolutionary for 250 Years
Kirkpatrick Chapel’s stained glass window depicting the signing of the charter
Founded in 1766, Rutgers marked its 250th anniversary with various commemorative events. Highlights include: the university commencement address delivered by President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, a visit from United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and the presentations of I Am Robeson Week and the 250th Anniversary Presidential Symposia on Higher Education. The yearlong festivities culminated with A Day of Revolutionary Thinking on Charter Day, November 10, 2016.
Examples of celebratory events include:
- showcasing the RevolUtionary Monument throughout the state;
- releasing special Rutgers 250 editions of the Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries and Rutgers Magazine;
- spotlighting new Rutgers 250 All-Star Breeds of vegetables, fruits, trees, nuts, and grasses in nurseries and county fairs;
- hosting the Black on the Banks and International Association for College Admission Counseling conferences;
- publishing several books, including Rutgers Since 1945 by Professor Paul Clemens and Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait, the winner of a Gold Award for excellence;
- offering the Rutgers 250: A Taste of Culinary History seminar and the Rutgers at 250 Years online history course;
- holding photo contests and exhibits with Donate A Photo and HereNow: Rutgers 250;
- broadcasting Rutgers 250: Rutgers Around the World, a three-hour live special on RU-tv;
- expanding Rutgers Day programming to Rutgers University—Camden, Rutgers University—New Brunswick, and Rutgers University—Newark for the first time; and
- exhibiting university artifacts in the Zimmerli Art Museum and Rutgers University Libraries.
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