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On to the Next 150 Years!


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Boston College honored its 150th anniversary through a variety of events over the past 16 months.

This month, the celebration of Boston College’s first 150 years will come to an end with the Sesquicentennial Closing Mass on Dec. 12. It’s a fitting cap to the festivities that began in September 2012 with a Mass at Boston’s legendary Fenway Park, attended by nearly 20,000 alumni, students, faculty, and friends of the University. Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley praised the University for its century and a half of providing an outstanding Jesuit, Catholic education and for its pivotal role in Catholic life in the region.

Highlights from the Sesquicentennial celebration:

  • Throughout the academic year, Sesquicentennial symposia explored crucial issues in education, faith, and democracy. Harvard University president and noted Civil War historian Drew Gilpin Faust was awarded a Sesquicentennial medal in recognition of her commitment to teaching and scholarship.
  • In March, the Sesquicentennial Concert saw the University Chorale, the Boston College Symphony Orchestra, BC bOp!, and the University Wind Ensemble take center stage in Boston’s Symphony Hall, along with special guest Chris O’Donnell ’92.
  • The BC Alumni Association took the party to the people with 150 on the Road, a service project that brought the BC community together in seven cities around the country—and Dublin, Ireland—to pack more than 450,000 meals for hungry families in Africa.
  • BC crossed two major milestones in the Light the World campaign. More than 100,000 members of the BC family have now made gifts to the campaign, which passed the $1-billion mark during the Sesquicentennial celebration. When completed—the campaign’s final goal is $1.5 billion—BC will be prepared to embark on its next 150 years as one of the world’s great universities and a key center of Jesuit, Catholic education.

A full recap of the Sesquicentennial celebration and more information about the Closing Mass can be found here.

Light the World Campaign