Celebrate KU’s Sesquicentennial



the anniversary of KU’s first day of classes on September 12, 1866.

For the past year, KU has celebrated a 150-year tradition of educating leaders and serving the state of Kansas. The KU Alumni Association has contributed to this momentous occasion with a number of commemorative activities, including a KU150-themed birthday celebration at the Jayhawk Roundup in Wichita, a special edition of our annual alumni calendar with historic images of KU and a reprise of our popular Jayhawks on Parade with three one-of-a-kind Jayhawks to celebrate KU.

The KU Alumni Association commemorated this historic day by offering a limited-edition KU keepsake— a print of Streeter Blair’s painting KU’s First Morning in 1866— for sale exclusively to members; and by featuring a 15-hour sale on annual and life memberships.

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KU’s First Morning in 1866: Exclusive Offer for Members

"KU's First Morning" by Streeter BlairTo conclude the KU 150 celebration, the Alumni Association offered a keepsake for sale exclusively to members—a commemorative print of KU’s First Morning in 1866, a painting by Streeter Blair (1888-1966), a member of the KU Class of 1911.

From the collection of the Spencer Museum of Art, Blair’s iconic work depicts Chancellor R.W. Oliver and KU’s first three professors welcoming students to Old North College on Sept. 12, 1866, the day the University opened its doors. Proceeds will benefit the Alumni Association and the newly renovated Spencer Museum, which reopens in October.

These archival-quality prints are available for purchase exclusively to KU Alumni Association members. Print editions are limited to 150 prints in each run. Due to popular demand, this print is currently in its second edition, and each print is hand numbered. A third edition may be available upon demand.

KU’s First Morning in 1866
11 x 14 unframed gicleé print on archival paper, using 100-year inks
Retail value: $48. Special members-only price: $24


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Sesquicentennial Jayhawks

Jayhawks on Parade

To celebrate the University’s sesquicentennial—and the 70-year anniversary of Hal Sandy’s smiling Jayhawk—the Alumni Association reprised the popular 2003 Jayhawks on Parade and commissioned three Lawrence artists, including Susan Younger (pictured at right) to create a new flock of ‘Hawks. The Jayhawks were featured in Kansas Alumni magazine and are currently on display at the Adams Alumni Center. Learn more and watch videos to get a sneak peek into each artist’s design.

2016 KU Sesquicentennial Calendar

2016 Sesquicentennial Calendar

To celebrate the University’s momentous birthday, the Alumni Association created a special edition of the annual color calendar. As the months of 2016 unfold, we’re highlighting iconic images from KU’s past, including favorite landmarks, watershed moments and beloved traditions. We also share fun and fascinating facts about our noble alma mater. Association members received the annual calendar with the November/December issue of Kansas Alumni magazine. More images here.

Jayhawk Roundup 2015

2015 Jayhawk Roundup

It’s not every day you get to see Baby Jay jump out of a giant birthday gift box, start a conga line and dance with Chancellor Gray-Little and former KU basketball coach Ted Owens. But that’s exactly what awaited guests at the Jayhawk Roundup last October. The annual event, now in its 14th year, took place once again at Murfin Stables in Wichita. More than 400 Jayhawk alumni, fans and friends attended to help celebrate KU’s Sesquicentennial at the birthday-themed party. Read more.


KU Libraries KU150 Exhibit

The Spencer Research Library created a special exhibit as part of KU’s 150th anniversary celebration, titled “Achievement of a Dream: The Birth of the University of Kansas.” A video edition of Inside KU takes alumni inside the exhibit showcasing the formative years of KU, with interviews from notable KU historians who share insights about the university’s most notable figures.