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College of Education celebrates 100th graduating class

June 21, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's College of Education will hold a celebration of its 100th graduating class following commencement ceremonies this weekend.

College of Education faculty and alumni, including this year's graduates, and their families are invited to an old-fashioned ice cream social on the East Campus quadrangle, between East Hall and West Hall, Saturday, June 26, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Those attending will witness the passing of the College of Education Key from members of the Class of 2004 to the Class of 2005, a moment reminiscent of the ceremony staged June 22, 1905, when the first WMU graduation exercise was held.

Western Michigan University was founded May 27, 1903, as Western State Normal School. It officially opened June 27, 1904, with 117 students enrolled. WMU, which concluded the centennial celebration of its founding earlier this year, became a university--the fourth public university in Michigan--February 26, 1957.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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