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Olivet Celebrates 175th Year at Founders’ Day

March 4, 2019



Olivet College commemorated its 175th year with a special Founders’ Day celebration on Feb. 20. The program featured student presentations about their experience at Olivet—past, present and future.


The day began with a bell-ringing in the college square at 9 a.m. As icy rain came down, Dennis Dougherty, Class of 1970, rang the bell as about 30 people gathered to begin the day. Most of the group walked over to the Olivet Cemetery where founder the Rev. John J. Shipherd is buried. President Steven M. Corey and the Rev. Michael Fales, also shared remarks.


Mott Auditorium was full of students, employees and visitors as Corey continued speaking about the history of the college, formally established Feb. 24, 1844.


He said, “175 years after its founding, you can see that Olivet College was very intentionally founded