Peru State launches celebration of 150th anniversary

Peru State launches celebration of 150th anniversary

May 8, 2017 5:00 p.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402.872.2429

Peru, Nebraska – During the 2017 Commencement, Peru State launched its celebration of 150 years as Nebraska’s first college.  The Commencement included an unveiling of a 150th anniversary banner; the first performance of a signature choral composition; a commencement address from Governor Pete Ricketts; and, later that day, the ribbon-cutting for the new Visitor and Interpretive Center.


Nebraska State College System Trustee, Bob Engles, center, had the honor of unfurling the banner (right) for display. Carpenter (far left), Hanson and John Chaney, also a NSCS trustee, look on.

Dr. Dan Hanson, president of Peru State College, said, “This is our capstone celebration of student success.  Students, we are proud of you and grateful that we have been a part of your educational journey.”

“This is also an important day for Peru State College. Today we have the privilege of kicking off our year-long celebration of our sesquicentennial.  Founded on June 20, 1867, we have been serving students and shaping the future for 150 years!”

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.

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

Kristi Nies, assistant profess of English, receiving the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award from Dr. Dan Hanson.

Kristi Nies, assistant professor of English, receiving the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award from Dr. Dan Hanson.

Upcoming Events:

Peru State College’s Sesquicentennial All-College Reunion is June 16-18, 2017.  All Peru State alumni are invited to attend this weekend before Charter Day.  Activities include an All-College Dinner and Alumni Awards;  the launch of the Peru State College anniversary book by the Omaha World-Herald; workshops with faculty and staff; and many other activities and meals to let you catch-up with old friends and new!

This Sesquicentennial Charter Event Celebration will mark the charter date of June 20, 1867, of Nebraska’s first institution of higher education by the Nebraska Legislature. The historic event will include daytime activities for children ages 5 years to eight grade, Nebraska artists program and historical presentations for all ages.  The evening reception and banquet will kick off with musical entertainment and an introduction of Nebraska City’s Chautauqua WWI re-enactors.

Homecoming in 2017 is a special celebration of the 150th anniversary of Peru State College’s founding.  The Homecoming dates are scheduled the week of the first day of classes (October 24, 1867) and events include: football ; volleyball; an All-Alumni Dinner featuring milestone graduation anniversaries; pep rally and bonfire; special reunion celebrations for alumni who participated in Student Senate, Board of Trustees, Pep Band, Homecoming Kings and Queens, and Cheerleading; the Toughest Mile (race); and a parade like no other!
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