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Pitt Bicentennial Celebration

The University, one of the oldest in the US, celebrates 200 years.

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  • Association forms gr…
    The GAA formed two groups to plan bicentennial events. The first group was a planning committee of 12 that recommended projects and events for the celebration. The second group was a coordinating committee that had representatives from each of the 23 school alumni groups, regional clubs, and other constituents.
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  • Pitt celebrates its …
    Bicentennial celebration began the week of October 19-25, 1986, Homecoming. This first round of events included the Convocation, the release of Robert Albert’s book about the University, and symposiums. The celebration continued the week of February 22-28, 1987 during Founder’s Day events which included another Convocation, the "Women at Pitt" exhibit, and more symposia. The final celebrations were held during the week of May 3, 1987 leading up to Commencement included symposia, open houses, and the 50th anniversary of the Heinz Chapel and Stephen Foster Memorial.
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  • Alumni are asked for…
    Robert C. Hickey, director of the Bicentennial Commission asked alumni for suggestions on how to celebrate the 200th anniversary.
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  • Pitt Magazine's sche…
    Includes an event schedule for the Bicentennial in September and October 1986.
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  • Alumni stage "V…
    Alumni production of "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf." It was the first alumni production in history and held to celebrate the University’s bicentennial.
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