Sesquicentennial resources

Sesquicentennial guidelines

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FAQ

When will the sesquicentennial take place?

The Ohio General Assembly established the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College on March 22, 1870. The 150th anniversary of our university’s founding is a yearlong celebration that spans the 2019–20 academic year (August 2019 through the summer of 2020).

Why do we celebrate our sesquicentennial?

The university’s sesquicentennial gives us the unique opportunity to honor and explore our history, celebrate who we are today and envision and embrace our future as a national flagship public research university.

What other anniversaries has Ohio State marked?

Ohio State has marked a number of anniversaries. Celebrations occurred in 1920, 1948 (delayed due to WWII), 1970 and 1995. More information about those events is available here: https://library.osu.edu/projects/anniversaries/.

What are the plans for marking the celebration?

In addition to the signature programs above, planning has begun to incorporate sesquicentennial programming into existing marquee campus programs and events — such as convocation, commencement, homecoming, etc. — in the 2019-20 academic year. Colleges and units across campus are also planning programs and celebrations in honor of the sesquicentennial.

Who will benefit from the sesquicentennial?

The sesquicentennial is for all Buckeyes. The university’s sesquicentennial anniversary honors all who have been, are and will be part of the university’s continued focus to uplift lives through educating students, creating and discovering new knowledge and solutions and engaging communities here and around the world. It is a celebration of all that we have accomplished and of all that is yet to come. 

Will there be events on all campuses?

The sesquicentennial initiative will be global in scale and include all Buckeyes. It will incorporate all regional campus locations, all 88 Ohio counties, alumni clubs and societies and the university’s global gateways.

How can I get involved? How do I contribute an idea?

More information on how to engage directly with the sesquicentennial will be available in the coming weeks and months. Can't wait? Send ideas and questions to 150@osu.edu

How does this tie into university’s strategic plan?

The university’s sesquicentennial gives us the unique opportunity to honor and explore our history, celebrate who we are today and envision and embrace our future as a national flagship public research university.

What Ohio State does matters. Our responsibility over the next 150 years is to be a fixed beacon to illuminate the path to the American Dream and address the most pressing issues of our time.

To make the next bold leap in Ohio State’s land-grant history of excellence and impact, we aspire to be a leading national flagship public research university. Our strategic plan guides and informs programs and priorities throughout the university. Planning and implementation of the sesquicentennial celebration will be considered in the same manner.

How will the university pay for the sesquicentennial programming?

Funding will come from sponsorships, philanthropic contributions and non-academic revenue. No tuition dollars will be used to fund the anniversary activities.

Do other schools host similar events?

Yes. Land-grant universities were established beginning in 1862. A number of schools, both in the Big Ten and across the country, have celebrated or will celebrate milestone anniversaries.