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Sesquicentennial Jubilee

Sesquicentennial Jubilee

RIC ended its yearlong Sesquicentennial (150th) Celebration with a Jubilee On the State House lawn
June 20, 2004.

It's a party that's been 150 years in the making!

Rhode Island College celebrated the end of its Sesquicentennial (150th) year in old-fashioned style with a garden party and jubilee on the State House lawn, a Torch Parade and WaterFire - a spectacular finale to what has been a year full of academic achievements and festivities - on Sunday, June 20.



Governor and Mrs. Donald Carcieri, as honorary co-chairs of RIC's Sesquicentennial, led several of the special activities planned for the day.

The event began with a garden party on the lawn of the State House. Re-enactments of College traditions from years past took place during the afternoon, including a daisy-chain procession, authentic May Pole dance, and crowning of the May queen.

RIC lit up the night with a torch parade and WaterFire. Fifty-four torches were carried by members of the College and community leaders, beginning at the State House and traveling down Francis Street to the basin of WaterPlace Park. A magnificent WaterFire display followed, a gift from the College to its friends, alumni and the state. RIC is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state. The flame is a recurrent symbol used by the College to represent the ever-burning flame of knowledge.