Bryant University kicked off its sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary celebration at the Koffler Rotunda Friday, unveiling a commemorative logo and historic photos to a building packed with dignitaries and students.
University President Ronald K. Machtley welcomed the students and guests, who included Governor Lincoln Chafee, Michael Fisher ’67, chairman of Bryant's board of trustees and Congressman David Cicilline.
Bryant has a proud tradition of edcuation, Machtley said. "Bryant has honored that tradition through these 150 years, and we anticipate a continued tradition of opportunity and growth in a world which is constantly changing," he said.
Chafee congratulated Bryant on how far it's come over the last 150 years, noting its important place in the state's educational community. He also did a good job of pronouncing "sesquicentennial" earning some encouraging applause.
Cicilline praised Machtley's service as president, noting he's presided over the university's ... "most transformative, important years."
The brief ceremony ended with the unveiling of the 150th anniversary logo and banner featuring a fusion of early past and recent images from Bryant's history.
The University will continue to celebrate its 150thAnniversary year with a series of events throughout 2013.