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Dear Faculty, Students, Staff and Friends:

It has been 150 years exactly since the signing of the state legislation that formally established what would become the University of Illinois.

I hope you’ll take a couple of minutes to watch this short video commemorating that day, where we’ve come since then and imagining where we will go in the next 150 years.

And I invite all of you to join us today at 3:00 p.m. at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts for our Sesquicentennial Kick-Off Celebration. Featuring musical performances by our own faculty, staff and students, it is free and all are welcome to attend. 

Best Wishes,

Robert J. Jones



This is an “approved event.” With prior approval and operations permitting, non-exempt civil service employees may attend the event without loss of pay.


If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in the program and you cannot find an event contact listed, please contact MT Hudson at 217-333-0885 or e-mail