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NIU extends 125th anniversary celebration

January 18, 2021

NIU’s 125th anniversary celebration officially kicked off in January 2020, a century-and-a-quarter after the university was founded in 1895.  A 25-member committee created the outline for a year-long observance of the university milestone, but that changed when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

As a result, NIU will continue to commemorate history in 2021—when it is safe to do so.

The 125th+ Anniversary celebration will allow members of the university community to experience many of the exciting and informative events that had to be postponed.

“Things didn’t go as planned in 2020, but we hope to reschedule a number of events for 2021,” said assistant dean of students and committee member, Kelly Olson. “The committee created a really great calendar of events, and wants the campus and community to have the opportunity to take part in them.”

Special performances like “Women at Northern: The first 125 years,” a dramatized lecture based on the research of Barbara Cole Peters, and “A Showcase of Southeast Asian Visual and Performing Arts” will take place at a later date. Events like NIU Cares Day and exhibits like “Crimson Days: The Early Story of NIU” are also planned. The remaining two chapters of NIU’s Key Moments will be released in 2021.

“The 125 year anniversary is an accomplishment to be proud of and now, more than ever, we look forward to continuing to celebrate it together,” said assistant dean of students and committee member, Kelly Olson.

Matt Streb, Chief of Staff to the President and 125th anniversary committee co-chair, concurred.

“Many people expressed to us how disappointed they were that we could not hold some of the wonderful events that we had planned,” said Streb. “We are delighted to be able to hold these events in 2021 as part of our 125th+ Anniversary celebration.”

Learn more about NIU’s 125th+ Anniversary celebration.