Bicentennial Charter Day Celebration to be held April 2 in Recreation Center

Bicentennial Charter Day Celebration to be held April 2 in Recreation Center

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Read the Sun-Gazette on article Lycoming's Bicentennial Celebration

Lycoming College, one of the 50 oldest institutions of higher education in the United States, will hold its Bicentennial Charter Day Celebration on Saturday, April 2. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. in the Recreation Center with a cake and ice cream social, proclamation presentations by state and local officials and a fireworks display. The event will mark 200 years to the day that Williamsport Academy, Lycoming's predecessor institution, was chartered by the State of Pennsylvania. The College thanks Pete '60 and Carol Sides and the Robert M. Sides Family Music Center for their generous support of the Charter Day Celebration. The event is open to the public.

Lycoming, recognized as a national liberal arts and sciences college, is listed by U.S. News and World Report as a Tier 1 institution. Its student to faculty ratio is 13-1, and 91 percent of the 85 full-time faculty members hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. The College offers more than 30 academic majors and grants both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees. The College has more than 16,000 alumni worldwide.

The institution has been coeducational since its inception. The origins of the College date back to 1812, with the founding of Williamsport Academy. When incorporated, it was the lone school serving a lumber port in a thriving community of approximately 350 people.

The Charter Day event marks the beginning of the College's bicentennial celebration, which will be observed throughout the 2011-12 academic year.

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