Today is the day! Come join us for the MLK Day of Celebration!


Contributed by Sarah Schupp

Every January, the Ithaca College community celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr through a series of programs sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement & Multicultural Affairs.

 The MLK Day of Celebration Even will be held from 4 -6 pm in Emerson Suites. The MLK Scholars will give a presentation about their Civil Right Trip. This presentation will be followed by a presentation entitled Careers of Humanity Young Alumni Program, which focuses on social justice and humanitarian careers. The young alumni include:

Alex Moore '07, Cornell Woodson '09, Jaylene Clark '10, Susannah Faulkner '11 and Devon Ritz '12 

You can receiver SLI credit for this event by signing up here! 

Back in 2008, when the first day of classes fell on the national holiday, President Emerita Peggy Williams declared the first day of classes as a "Day on, not Off." The day is celebrated as a day of reflection and celebration with programs and activities in lieu of classroom instruction. President Thomas Rochon continues in this tradition, encouraging all to come together in honor or Dr. King's impact on the world. During years where the holiday falls before the first day of classes, the campus community spends the first week of classes in celebration with various events and programs, as well as discussions. You can find more information about MLK Day here.

We continue this tradition on Monday, January 21, 2013, when students, staff, faculty, and community members will honor Dr. King's work by coming together to discuss the relevance of his work today.  

The itinerary for MLK Day will go a little something like this..  

8:30-10:00am: Breakfast presentation honoring the 10th anniversary of the MLK Scholar Program

10:00-11:30am: Educational sessions

11:30-1:30pm: Grab n' Go lunchtime films on campus

2:00-3:30pm: Educational Sessions

4:00-6:00pm: MLK Day Celebration Event, featuring the First-year MLK Scholars Presentation and aCareers of Humanity alumni panel (starting at 5pm)

7:30pm: School of Music MLK Celebration Concert 

Ithaca College's MLK day of service will be Saturday, January 26th. To learn more about the various services sites and sign up click here!

Please consider this an amazing opportunity and MLK day will be a DAY ON! Not a DAY-OFF! 

Classes will begin on Tuesday the 22nd, so give your brain a head start with MLK Day!

“Make a career of humanity.  Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights.  You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”

For questions, please contact the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs at (607)274-3222 or