Rider's 150th Anniversary: 1865-2015
A year of celebration, Rider University Sesquicentennial

Learn more about sponsorship, congratulatory messaging and Rider's April 18 Sesquicentennial Gala

Rider's 150th Anniversary Events

 “When Andrew J. Rider addressed those in attendance on the occasion of the College’s 18th anniversary in 1883, he spoke glowingly of the progress the College had made since its founding and lavished praise on the success of the graduates. He looked ahead and remarked that “The future is full of promise.”*

At the dawn of the 150th anniversary of Rider University, we are reminded every day of the progress we continue to make as our students and alumni grow and shine. Through a commitment to high quality teaching, scholarship and experiential opportunities, faculty on both campuses provide undergraduate and graduate students rigorous and relevant programs of study to expand their intellectual, cultural and personal horizons and develop their leadership skills. 

The quality of a Rider education, the strength of our community and the spirit of our students is a testament to the rich history we all share, and the success of our alumni are examples of how Rider is Fulfilling the Promise.

The Rider community will honor 150 years by commemorating the past, celebrating the present, and looking forward to the future.  The year-long celebration, which kicks off in September, will build on Rider’s position as a leader in American higher education that is celebrated for educating talented students for life and career success in a diverse and interdependent world.

* Full of Promise, Walter A. Brower, 1997

All events are subject to change. Please check back for any changes and/or updates to all activities.

The listed programs are only a sampling of planned events; other programs are scheduled and will be added.

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Let the celebration begin!

Celebrating 150 years as a leader in higher education, Rider is completing a decade of unprecedented growth and refurbishment of the Lawrenceville campus and the opening of the Marion Buckelew Cullen Center on the Westminster campus.

“Today, the quality of a Rider education, the dedication of our community, the talent of our students and the successes of our alumni are all a testament to the rich history we share. Our programs are distinctive and of the highest quality and we can look back on our last 150 years with pride and to our future with confidence."

                           - President Mordechai Rozanski

Celebrating 150 years

Get involved

Rider's 150th Anniversary Events
April 18th, Sesquicentennial Gala
Purchase Gala Tickets and Tables
For sponsorship and congratulatory messaging opportunities visit, www.rider150celebration.org

Watch our introductory celebration video.

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