Ithaca College Celebrates 125th Anniversary

This Fall, IC turns 125 years old, and the college is marking this special occasion during the 2017–18 academic year. To properly recognize 125 years of incredible IC connections; the impact of its students, alumni, faculty, and staff on the world; and the countless achievements of these community members, the college is kicking off IC125: an epic, yearlong celebration highlighted by the inauguration of Shirley M. Collado, the ninth president of Ithaca College.

All IC students, their families, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and neighbors are invited to the Weekend on South Hill, November 3–5, 2017. The event takes place when our annual alumni and family weekends would usually be held and will feature the inauguration of President Collado as well as an academic symposium that will showcase IC faculty, alumni speakers, and external writers and thought leaders.

And of course, no celebration would be complete without a few moments to reflect, connect with one another, and share our pride. The Weekend on South Hill will culminate in our fun and entertainment-packed Community Celebration on the evening of Saturday, November 4, during which we’ll reveal the top 25 icons of Ithaca College. There will be show-stopping performances, amazing food, and even some special surprises.

But that’s just the beginning. IC125 will continue throughout the entire academic year, both on campus and off. Major annual events during the year will provide additional opportunities to recognize and celebrate our 125th birthday, and the college is also planning a series of events around the country in spring 2018.

Above all, we’ll celebrate our people. Sure, it’s IC’s 125th birthday, but this celebration is about so much more than a place. It’s about the relationships that have transformed lives, industries, and communities for decades.

“IC125 is really about our community and the incredible connections between our students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends,” said Chris Biehn, parent ’16, vice president of college relations and advancement. “It’s also about impact. Since the college’s founding in 1892, the IC community has changed the world, and this is a milestone moment to celebrate that impressive success.”

Visit to read stories about your friends and classmates and share your own, explore a timeline of the college’s history, and find other ways to participate. And if you can't make it in person, don't worry! Some of the events will be livestreamed for you to enjoy.