The celebration started with a nod to our founding with an appearance by the institution’s first president, Ira Moore, portrayed by Communication Studies Chair Jeff Ringer, at convocation in 2018. This year we celebrated old traditions, reveled in renovations and hailed our newest graduates.
St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis ’89 declared September St. Cloud State University Sesquicentennial Month as the city got into the celebration’s spirit.
We concluded our celebrations with Homecoming 2019 and the dedication of Husky Plaza, a gift by alumni, donors and friends of St. Cloud State to this institution and in service to our students.
An emblem of the Sesquicentennial celebration, bricks laid in the plaza contain the memories of past students and current employees that express the significance of this institution in their lives and serves as a hallmark of the new traditions that will foster the university toward its next 150 years.
As you read Part II of our look at the University’s first 150 years, please celebrate our past and read with an eye to the future.
Think about the challenges we’ve faced as our guide and see the promise of the future that our students will bring to this state as we continue our mission that began 150 years ago to “prepare students for life, work and citizenship” in Minnesota and beyond.
Read more about St. Cloud State’s history in our two part series “Grand ambition, humble beginning”