175 years later…

The College hosts an entire weekend of events to celebrate its 175th anniversary.

Muhlenberg College celebrates 175 years. Photo courtesy of the Muhlenberg College website.

Muhlenberg hosted a variety of events this past weekend in honor of its 175th anniversary. Founded in 1848, the College has undergone many changes to make it the institution it is today. These changes can be observed in the “History of Muhlenberg Exhibition” located in the Light Lounge of Seegers Union. The exhibition includes historical images and artifacts from the College’s archives to display the progress made over the past 175 years.

The weekend of festivities began on Friday, Apr. 28 with a speech from keynote speaker Leo M. Lambert, president emeritus and professor at Elon University. He discussed “how campuses are refocusing on the importance of human relationship to student success,” according to the College’s website. Additionally, Lambert talked about his co-authored book “Relationship-Rich Education” and discussed the current education system. Following the speech was a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Fahy Commons, commemorating the strides the College has made toward a more sustainable future. Later that night, a gala was held in the Wood Dining Commons to celebrate the College’s history and the Boundless campaign. Many guests spoke at the gala after receiving a selective invitation. At the gala, a $15 million donation, the largest in college history, was announced as a gift from the family of Ed and Lois Robertson (the benefactors of Robertson Hall). It was also announced that the goal for the Boundless Campaign has been increased to $125 million. Saturday concluded with a reception for the entire campus, including a themed dessert bar, music and dancing. A “barcade” was also available in the Event Space where students could play nostalgic arcade games such as PacMan or MarioKart while enjoying alcoholic beverages for those of the legal drinking age.

Saturday began with a campus festival in the Life Sports Center including a roller skating rink, flower bouquets, inflatable activities and various student performances.

“I enjoyed the free shirts and I thought making the flower bouquets was really nice, and it’s still currently sitting in my dorm.”

Sophie Yellis ‘25

A scholarship reception was held around the same time to recognize the impact that donors have on the lives of students at the College. The event was held to connect donors with the students who received their scholarships. Comedian Adam Conover closed the night with a comedy show in the Event Space. The hit star of the “Adam Ruins Everything” series amused students and faculty with his witty nature.

The celebratory weekend concluded on Sunday with an honors convocation for students, faculty and staff who have displayed academic excellence or leadership in their roles. 

The weekend marked the last major timestamp before the 200th anniversary of Muhlenberg, 25 years from now.


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