Southern Illinois University celebrates 150 years

Southern Illinois University in Carbondale celebrates its 150th Anniversary this year. The university opened in 1874 with just 54 students, its first graduating class growing to 143 students.

In honor of the anniversary, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 12 designating Southern Illinois University Day in Illinois.

SIU’s 150th-anniversary celebration began earlier this spring with a Day of Giving, and will include events throughout the remainder of the year, including special exhibits, lecture series, and other campus events.

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