Charter Day Festival of Learning

Once in 150 years... Be There!

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April 8, 2014 will be exactly 150 years to the day that President Abraham Lincoln signed our Charter. To celebrate the occasion campus departments and student groups will host exhibits and presentations, the Gallaudet University Museum will open Gallaudet at 150 and Beyond, the Deaf Studies Digital Journal will launch a special issue Gallaudet at 150: The Past, Present and Future, a U.S. Postal Service Pictorial Postmark Cancellation in honor of the Gallaudet University Sesquicentennial will be available, Gallaudet Press will release The History of Gallaudet University: 150 Years of a Deaf American Institution, and an all campus photo will be taken to record the day.  Don't miss this once-in-150-years day! If you have questions, check out our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Watch events online:
The morning opening ceremony will be delayed-streamed from noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time, and can be viewed via this link:

The opening of the Gallaudet University Museum exhibition, Gallaudet at 150 and Beyond will be streamed live starting at 1:30 p.m. Click on this link to view the grand opening ceremony:

Charter Day Festival program:

  • Morning Schedule

    9 a.m.—Opening ceremony, Elstad Auditorium
    10:30—Campus Photo, Campus Mall
    11—GUAA Wreath-laying, Edward Miner Gallaudet statue, Campus Mall
    11:15—Tree planting, Sustainable Gallaudet tours, Sorenson Conversation bike tours
  • Afternoon Schedule
    Noon-2 p.m.—Lunch at the Mall
    Noon—Deaf Studies Digital Journal-Special 150 issue launch, SLCC
    1-4—Exhibitions and presentations (student services, academic departments, student organizations, residence life)
    1:30—Gallaudet Museum Exhibition Opening: Gallaudet at 150 and Beyond, Chapel Hall steps
    2:30—Sesquicentennial cake at the Mall
    6:30—SBG's "Mindvolt" -ASL performance art, Elstad Auditorium
    8:30—Closing, Light up Chapel Hall

Outdoor events include:

Charter Day Photo
Sesquicentennial Tree Planting
Sustainable Gallaudet Tours
Sorenson-donated "conversation bike" rides with tour route dotted with images of Gallaudet spaces and buildings through the years.  
Lunch at the Mall
GUAA Wreath Presentation at EMG Statue
Museum opening on the steps of Chapel Hall
Evening light up Chapel Hall

Festival booths at JSAC include:

U.S. Postal Service Pictorial Postmark Cancellation
Gallaudet Press Release: The History of Gallaudet University: 150 years of a Deaf American Institution
Fingerprint Mural: "Abraham Lincoln and Tower Clock"
Exhibits: Academic presentations and student organizations

Gallaudet's 150th celebration is made possible by generous support from:


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Philip L. Graham Fund  SVRS Logo

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