Sesquicentennial in Review

Relive and enjoy all of the ways we celebrated 150 years together as Buckeyes

From honoring our history to celebrating who we are today and envisioning our future, explore how we celebrated this significant milestone on our campuses, throughout Ohio and across the world.

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150th Celebration YouTube Playlist

Enjoy the inspirational stories of Ohio State history, tradition and Buckeye lore all under one playlist

Explore the vast collection of digital content created in honor of our 150th anniversary, from Buckeye Biography history lessons to exploring iconic Ohio State traditions.

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360 Experiences

Explore some of the most iconic Ohio State landmarks and atmospheres through these experiential 360° virtual videos

Dive into the immersive experiences of traditions that are unique and quintessential to making Ohio State’s campus and community so special. Episodes include “Seasons on the Oval,” “Gameday,” “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” and “Byrd Polar Expedition.”

Buckeye Biography: 150 Years of Ohio State

Immerse yourself in Ohio State’s storied history

To demonstrate our continued land-grant commitment to educating our citizens, a tailor-made, publicly available version of the popular “History of Ohio State” course was offered. This exciting, non-credit course was available to anyone interested in learning more about the origins of Ohio State traditions, notable turning points in our 150-year history and the contributions of students, faculty and staff to Ohio State and the world. You can watch the course’s fun and engaging history lessons taught by professor David Staley on our YouTube playlist.

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Composite photograph: The left side of the image shows the original University Hall building, 1878, and the right side shows the current University Hall, 2019.

Time & Change Digital Exhibit

150 Years of The Ohio State University

Created by University Libraries in honor of our sesquicentennial, this online exhibit chronicles key decades in Ohio State’s history through a collection of unique text and images from the University Archives. Immerse yourself in the key moments of Ohio State’s history preserved through time and change.

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Past events

Think Beyond: An Academic Summit Series

Think Beyond raised the university’s academic reputation by convening higher education peers, experts and influencers, and leading conversations around critical topics of concern to higher education over the course of two one-day summits.

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Ohio State Community Open House

We invited Buckeyes and the state of Ohio to enjoy a day of celebration for our anniversary weekend. This all-day event was to feature over 35 free activities across campus for Buckeyes of all ages. Due to COVID-19, this event was cancelled.

Historic outfits of an Ohio State football player, marching band member, cheerleader, and Brutus Buckeye

Scarlet and Gray: The Student Experience

This free exhibition at Thompson Library showcased the Ohio State student experience through artifacts highlighting fascinating and everyday moments of student life over the past 150 years.

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Sesquicentennial Scholars at Ohio State football game

2019 Ohio State Football Game vs. Cincinnati

Throughout this special home game, Ohio State honored its sesquicentennial with a variety of celebrations including special commemorative tickets and recognizing the sesquicentennial scholars on the field.

Commemorative keepsakes

Time and Change coffee table book

Time and Change: 150 Years of The Ohio State University

This coffee table book, published by The Ohio State University Press, showcases our rich history and decades of growth through more than 300 unique photographs.

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Cover of Ohio State Alumni Magazine Fall 2019 issue

Commemorative edition of the Ohio State Alumni Magazine

The university published this commemorative magazine full of sesquicentennial stories to share with alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of Ohio State for its Fall 2019 issue.

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Six-pack of Coca-Cola glass bottles with Sesquicentennial branding

Commemorative Coca-Cola Bottle

Coca-Cola Consolidated celebrated our anniversary by releasing commemorative glass bottles in stores across Ohio for a limited run during our sesquicentennial year.

Co-branded packaging for Graeter's Buckeye Blitz ice cream

Graeter’s Commemorative Buckeye Blitz

Ohio State and Graeter’s are proud to share founding dates in 1870. In honor of this, Graeter’s released a commemorative edition of its Buckeye Blitz flavor in stores across Ohio during our shared anniversary year.

Thank you!

150 Years Together as Buckeyes

We are forever grateful to the Buckeye community for celebrating this milestone with us. Your support and love for the university and the sesquicentennial was palpable, and we hope you enjoyed this anniversary as much as we did.

We want to thank the Sesquicentennial Executive Sponsors: the Provost, Vice President for Student Life, Senior Vice President for Advancement and Office of the President Chief of Staff. The 150th anniversary would not have been possible without support from this group of university leaders setting the vision and guiding our celebrations.

Finally, we are eternally grateful to the faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members who supported this anniversary directly through their partnerships and collaborations. To plan and celebrate such a significant anniversary truly took our full Buckeye community. How firm thy friendship…

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