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Syracuse University Marks Sesquicentennial Anniversary—National Orange Day—March 24
Each year, to commemorate Syracuse University’s founding on March 24, 1870, our University community comes together to honor the milestone through participation in community service projects and displays of school spirit around the globe. This year, National Orange Day falls during a global health crisis, and the Orange family finds itself engaged in sustained reflection and committed to each other and the larger community in so many meaningful ways.
March 24 marks the conclusion of 150 Days of Service, during which volunteers representing Syracuse University have completed more than 24,000 hours of community service, far exceeding our initial goal of 15,000 hours. Our volunteers will continue to devote themselves to service, shifting their efforts to help first responders in their neighborhoods and communities during their COVID-19 outbreak.
With more than 30 events postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, acknowledgement of the University’s sesquicentennial has shifted to an outpouring of spirit and solidarity on social media channels. Videos and images will be shared throughout the week. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are welcome to share their memories and pride online and use #SU150.
Around the City of Syracuse, several local organizations have coordinated to illuminate more than 20 buildings in Orange lights, recognizing and supporting the University’s contributions to the city.
Since 1870, Syracuse University has upheld the idea that “brains and heart shall have a fair chance” at earning a college degree. This institution has been a pioneer in recognizing women’s achievements, the academic validity of the fine arts, the emergence of information studies and the importance of educational opportunities that serve veterans. Our founding values are embedded in 150 years of educational innovation, expansion, discovery and change.
Syracuse University will use this legacy of academic excellence, innovation and inclusion as the spark that ignites the imagination and creates a future filled with discovery and impact.
As we mark our first century and a half, we look back at our fearless firsts that changed the Syracuse community, our region and the world. Now we stand together, hopeful as we continue to unite as a global community.