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President’s State of the University address kicks off CMU’s 125th anniversary

Yearlong celebration focuses on honoring the past, leading today and igniting the future

Contact: Heather Smith


On the afternoon of Sept. 13, exactly 125 years after Central Michigan University’s first class of 31 students began their journey to become the next leaders in education, President George E. Ross will deliver his 2017 State of the University address.

The historic event, at 2:30 p.m. in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium, will celebrate the university’s 125 years of graduating leaders, and Ross will address three aspects of the CMU community:

  • The individuals who make CMU what it is — those who teach, mentor and learn.
  • The evolution of CMU, including how far the university has come and where it is going as it continues to meet the needs of students, the state, the nation and the world.
  • Bold news looking to the future, including topics such as campus leadership initiatives and external partnerships.

Faculty, staff, students, trustees, alumni, community members and other key stakeholders are welcome to attend the event. Off-campus audiences may watch the event via livestream.

Honor the past. Lead today. Ignite the future.

As the CMU community celebrates its 125th anniversary, it will focus on honoring the past, leading today and igniting the future.

In the late 1800s, few of the state's teachers had formal training, so founders made it a priority to establish Central Normal School and Business Institute, mid-Michigan's first normal school. It was founded on Sept. 13, 1892.

Now, 125 years and a few name changes later, CMU remains true to the idea of rising to the challenge and leading the way in meeting community and industry demands. Prime examples are CMU's engineering program, which graduated its 10th class in May, and the College of Medicine, which graduated its first.

CMU in August welcomed its 125th anniversary class, highlighted by CMU’s first new student convocation ceremony in many years.

Central will continue to celebrate the anniversary with events and initiatives throughout the 2017-18 academic year. These include:

  • 125 Years through 125 Voices, an exhibit by the Clarke Historical Library, opens Sept. 13.
  • The Clarke Historical Library also has launched an online timeline featuring milestones in CMU’s history. 
  • A special homecoming celebration Oct. 14.
  • A community speaker series featuring CMU faculty will begin in the spring 2018 semester.

webpage about the anniversary, highlighting CMU’s proud past and promising future, will be updated throughout the year.


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