As we look forward to the 200th anniversary of the College’s founding on January 21, 2019, a committee of faculty, staff, and students have been hard at work preparing an array of events to educate, commemorate, and celebrate the College’s history. This is a list of events that have been scheduled so far, and we will revise this document as new events and opportunities arise.

Founders Day Schedule of Events

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Please join us for the bicentennial kick-off festivities beginning with a traditional convocation at 11 a.m. The day will also feature educational symposia in the afternoon, and reception in the Norton Center that evening. RSVP and Register online for the luncheon and dinner.

11:00 a.m. Founders Day Convocation
Norton Center for the Arts, Newlin Hall
Keynote remarks from Crit Luallen ’74 and Milton Reigelman. Gregory Turay, Alltech artist-in-residence at Centre, will sing “Olde Centre Marches Ever On” written in 1908 by Phil Ryan-1910 and set to the tune of “La Marseillaise.”

12:15 p.m. Luncheon
Campus Center, Cowan Dining Commons
RSVP and Register online for the luncheon and dinner.

1:45 p.m. Centre Seminar 1
Amos Tubb and Ravi Radhakrishnan
Show Me the Gold (& White): The Story of Centre’s history and endowment. An amateur economist and an amateur historian provide a not so amateurish history (or an equally amateurish history) of Centre College and its changing ‘fortunes’.

Beau Weston and Tara Strauch
A Religious Center: A Discussion about Centre, Presbyterianism, and Religion. Why did Presbyterians create Centre College? What is the relationship between the Presbyterian Church and Centre today? This session will feature a discussion about the historic relationship among Centre, Presbyterianism, and religion in general, with ample time for Q&A.

3:30 p.m. Centre Seminar 2
John Kinkade and Azita Osanloo
Why Centre? This session explores what English looked and sounded like when Centre was founded and how language has evolved over the past 200 years. We’ll examine the fraught history of our language: what we say, how we say it, and what we have to say about it.

Leonard Demoranville and Pat Heist
The Science of Making Bourbon. We will focus on the process of making Bourbon with emphasis on the different sciences that come into play. Grain quality and processing, starch conversion and sugar utilization, yeast and fermentation, the chemistry of distillation barrel aging, and how each of these areas contribute to the complex flavor of Bourbon. We will also discuss why Kentucky Bourbon is known worldwide as the pinnacle of excellence, why Danville is a great place to make Bourbon and other whiskies, and how Centre students have been involved at Wilderness Trail Distillery.

5:00 p.m. Founders Day Dinner
Campus Center, Cowan Dining Commons
RSVP and Register online for the luncheon and dinner.

7:30 p.m. Bicentennial Celebration
Norton Center for the Arts, Newlin Hall
Beau Weston, author of Centre College: Scholars, Gentlemen, and Christians, will give a brief talk on 200 years of Centre history. The eight-minute preview of A Storied Centre: A Bicentennial Celebration of Centre College, the student-directed documentary produced by Tom Thurman ’84, will have its first screening. And Turay will lead several assembled choirs in “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s Turandot and “One Day More” from Les Misérables with an orchestra conducted by Rob Seebacher of Centre’s music program.

8:00 p.m. “Pieces of Time” Exhibit Opening
Norton Center for the Arts, Grand Foyer
An exhibition of photographs from the Centre archives.

A dessert reception and toast to the College’s 200th anniversary from Alumni Association President Hank Alford ’89 will conclude the evening’s festivities.

January through December 2019
Centre College: A Place of Large Advantages
Free and open to the public 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as by appointment and when the Norton Center is open for concerts and related activities.

The Norton Center will celebrate Centre’s bicentennial with an exhibition of historic photographs drawn from the Centre archives. The exhibition will be on display throughout the spring and fall terms of 2019. The photographs will include scenes not only from Centre since receiving its charter from the state legislature on January 21, 1819, but also from Kentucky College for Women and the Kentucky School for the Deaf, two local institutions with close historic ties to the College. The exhibition additionally will feature some remarkable artifacts from the collection, such as architectural blueprints, 19th-century diploma seals from Centre and KCW, and student newspapers handwritten and illustrated during the Civil War. MORE HERE

January 16 – May 19, 2019
Pieces of Time Exhibit

January 18-21, 2019
Centre Service Weekend
Off-campus: Alumni Hosted Service Sites
Register online to volunteer!

January 21, 2019
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day / Anniversary of Centre’s Founding
On-campus: Evening Convocation with Father Norman Fischer ’95
Off-campus: Student & Alumni Day of Service

February 7, 2019
Faculty and Staff Bicentennial Luncheon #1
“Working at Centre”

February 25, 2019
AEGON Gallery exhibit: “Curating Centre” (through March 29)

March 26, 2019
Faculty and Staff Bicentennial Luncheon #2
“Working with Students, Here and Abroad”

April 23, 2019
Faculty and Staff Bicentennial Luncheon #3
“Trading Spaces: The Campus of Centre College”

April 26, 2019
Spring Campus Carnival
Festival and concert on campus.

May 19, 2019
Baccalaureate and Commencement

August 25, 2019
Opening Convocation

September 28, 2019
Family Weekend
DramaCentre play related to the Bicentennial.

October 12, 2019
Concluding celebration: Homecoming
Music festival on the lawn. Historical walking tours.


Gabriel Royal

January 18 @ 8:00 pm

Peg + Cat LIVE!

February 9 @ 2:00 pm

Steel Magnolias

February 28 @ 7:30 pm

An Evening with Amy Grant

March 3 @ 7:00 pm