Governor Ricketts proclaims June 20 special day of anniversary for Peru State

Governor Ricketts proclaims June 20 special day of anniversary for Peru State

June 20, 2017, 1:00 p.m., CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State, College Marketing and, Communications, (402) 872-2429


Lincoln, Nebraska – By special proclamation, Governor Pete Ricketts has named today, June 20, a special day of anniversary for Peru State College on the 150th anniversary of its charter.

On June 20, 1867, the fledgling state government of Nebraska named Peru, Nebraska, as the home of the state’s first college. The college was founded as a normal school dedicated to training teachers.

An early line of the proclamation reads, “Peru State College recognizes that resilience is a key factor in success and provides the support and encouragement to achieve high standards by cultivating passion and rewarding perseverance as it has done since the first veterans of the U.S. Civil War walked its hills.”

Dr. Dan Hanson, president of Peru State College, said, “The College has had an incredible week of celebration starting with the All-College Reunion and culminating in the Charter Day activities.  We held a book launch for our new history book by Omaha World-Herald author, Dan Sullivan too.”

“Peru State has an incredible legacy of serving the educational needs of Nebraska and the region.  Everyone at the College is honored to continue that service.”

At the College’s 2017 Commencement, Stan Carpenter, chancellor of the Nebraska State College System, said, “On behalf of the Nebraska State College System, it is an honor to be a part of this special occasion and to help commence Peru State’s sesquicentennial celebration.”

“Today, we celebrate another year of outstanding graduates, and 150 years of how this college has shaped Nebraska’s future.”

Carpenter also quoted the 1917 Peruvian, “For the last half century since her establishment, the history of Peru (State College) has been practically that of the great state with which she was originated.”

He added, “And now, at 150 years, we again remember our College’s incredible history and look forward to a vibrant future.”

The gubernatorial proclamation reads, “Peru State College looks forward to another one hundred and fifty years as a premier institution of higher education in Nebraska and as a regional focus for culture, the arts, athletics and economic development.”