The Meredith College community gathered to celebrate the 126th anniversary of the College’s founding on Monday, February 27, 2017. The reception in Johnson Hall also marked the official end of Meredith’s yearlong celebration of its 125th anniversary.
“We are here today to commemorate time: our past, our present, and our future. We celebrate the persons and vision that led to the successful creation of Meredith College,” said President Jo Allen, ’80. “Thanks to the ideals and efforts of people like Thomas Meredith, Lamar Stringfield, and Leonidas Polk, our college is celebrating the conclusion of our 125th year of education excellence and community service in Raleigh.”
The event included the unveiling of a new Thomas Meredith memorial, where a 125th anniversary time capsule will be enclosed.
The new marker, which will be called “Timeless,” includes materials and design elements that connect to other landmarks on campus, such as the new Johnson Hall fountain and the armillary on top of the Science and Mathematics Building.
In February 2016, the College observed its 125th anniversary with a series of special events. This weeklong celebration included a 125th anniversary convocation address about Thomas Meredith presented by Professor Emeritus Roger Crook. Other highlights were a Meredith College exhibit at The City of Raleigh Museum, a poetry contest, and the unveiling of a new historical marker and a new Meredith flag. Meredith also held its first 24 Hour Giving Day. The week ended with the announcement of the goal for Beyond Strong | The Campaign for Meredith.