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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Lycoming College celebrated the 201st anniversary of the signing of its charter with several events April 1-2. The charter for the Williamsport Academy, one of Lycoming's predecessor institutions, was received April 2, 1811. The College is celebrating its bicentennial this year in recognition of the school's opening in 1812.
On Sunday morning, April 1, Dr. John F. Piper Jr., Lycoming historian, led a walk to the gravesite of the Rev. Benjamin Crever, a founder of the College, at the Williamsport Cemetery on Washington Blvd. Dressed in period attire and acting as Crever, he gave a brief history of the man who helped move the College forward.
Following the walk, the procession returned to Lycoming's quad where excerpts from the charter were read, the alma mater was played from the College's carillon and a cannon was fired.
At noon on Monday, April 2, members of the campus community strolled along on a 1.3 mile Bicentennial Walking Trail, which stopped at historic sites around campus. An afternoon reception again featured an appearance and a few words by Crever, as well as a celebration cake.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.