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125th Events

Dear Friends,

2014 marks Slippery Rock University’s 125th anniversary of serving the people of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our history is an inspiring story of community, resilience and bold innovation.

We’ve come along way since we first opened our doors on March 26, 1889, as Slippery Rock State Normal School to the first class of 167 students. Today, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania is a comprehensive university offering a broad array of undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 8,300 students.

 President Norton
We’re planning a multitude of programs throughout the year to celebrate our honored traditions and embrace our unlimited potential.

On this page you’ll find an events calendar describing activities that are already scheduled. This will be continuously updated, so visit this site often to see what is happening.

I hope you will also use the interactive timeline below to journey through the notable moments that have shaped Slippery Rock University’s history.

It’s going to be a great year. Please join us. Four dates I hope you’ll put on your calendar today are March 26, March 28, May 31 and Oct. 18.

March 26 we will celebrate the day Slippery Rock State Normal School opened. We have a formal program plus a campuswide birthday party scheduled to mark the occasion. March 28 we’ll offer an “Evening of the Arts” presented by the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts. May 31 we’ll travel “Through the Looking Glass” at the bi-annual scholarship gala. And, Oct. 18, we head up the road to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on Mercyhurst in a football match-up to celebrate the 35th anniversary of our first appearance in “The Big House.” We hope to set a Division II attendance record at that game, so we need you in the stands.

Looking forward to your participation,

Cheryl Norton, president

They ARE the Rock!

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