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Charter Day Celebration – 150 Years of Cornell History!


It has been 150 years since the governor of New York State signed the bill that officially established Cornell University’s charter on April 27, 1865.  Starting in fall of last year, Cornell has been celebrating Cornell’s 150th Sequicentennial with events around the world bringing the global Cornell community together.

Kicking off in New York City last September with “The Big Idea! (Cornell Celebrates 150)” at Jazz at Lincoln Center which saw the Empire State Building’s upper floors illuminated in red and white, we also celebrated Cornell’s 150 with a fireworks and laser show at Homecoming in Ithaca last October.  Celebrations continued throughout the year in Washington, D.C., Hong Kong, Boston, West Palm Beach, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.


Over the next few days, Cornell will be celebrating Charter Day weekend with performances, lectures, and other celebratory events across the campus starting with the Big Red Birthday Bash on Friday night and ending with the Charter Day Ceremony at 10am on Monday, April 27, 2015.

For more information on Charter Day weekend events, visit

If you are not in Ithaca and want to join in on the celebrations, you can watch events via livestream at this link:


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