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Olivet College will commemorate its 175th year with a special Founders’ Day celebration on Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Mott Academic Center Auditorium. The program will feature student presentations on the College — past, present and future. President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., will also share remarks.

Following the celebration in the auditorium, there will be a reception at the Hosford History Center and Lawrence Archives, which has recently been renovated to house the Olivet College archives. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the new “Students Through Time” displays. Light refreshments will be served.

Weather permitting, there will also be a ceremony at the bell in the Olivet College Square at 9 a.m. followed by a visit to “Father” John J. Shipherd’s gravesite.

“As we celebrate the 175 years since the College’s founding, I reflect back on all the people who have worked to make Olivet College all that it is today, beginning with ‘Father’ Shipherd and his intrepid band of visionaries that arrived on this hill in 1844, all the way up to those who are currently doing that work,” said Maria Davis, Ph.D., provost and dean of the College. “I am thankful for each and every one of them and for the difference they have made here and in the world.”