Rider's 150th Anniversary: 1865-2015


“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 signature events; other programs are scheduled and will be added.

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Signature Events for the 150th Anniversary


Sept. 16:  Cranberry Fest

Sept. 16:  The 150th Celebration Kick Off Event featuring Doris Kearns Goodwin


Oct. 5:  Annual Lawrence Township Community Day 

Oct. 24:  College of Business Administration 150th Celebration Benefit at Jasna Polana

Oct. 26:  Marion Buckelew Cullen Center Open House, Princeton Campus

Mid-late October:  Guinness Book of World Records attempt


Nov. 20:  35th Anniversary of Gender Studies program Keynote speaker/reception


Jan. 22:  College of Business Administration Open House


March 10:  Connecting Higher Education and the Business Community Chamber Breakfast


April 2:  University Day

April 18:  Sesquicentennial Celebration GALA


May 23:  Lawrence Township Memorial Day Parade