History made here: Unveiling C of C's 250th anniversary theme

Photo by Anna Jacksa

Photo by Anna Jacksa

What is a milestone? It’s defined as an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development.

The College of Charleston was founded in the year 1770 when former South Carolina governor William Bull suggested the creation of a college in the colony of South Carolina. His efforts were successful, and the College was chartered in 1785, making the College the oldest collegiate academy in South Carolina, the oldest college south of Virginia, and the 13th oldest higher learning institution in the United States of America.

On January 30th, the brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets that encompass the downtown campus grounds felt the feet of those who have gathered in the historic Cistern Yard throughout the years. The Cistern was created in 1857, This location has held many significant events for the college over the past 75 years - including graduations - and was used once again on Jan. 30, 2019, to commemorate and reveal the theme of the 250th anniversary of the college. The theme was spelled out on a huge banner in large white letters surrounded by our signature color maroon, and it read:

“HISTORY. MADE. HERE.”

In the beautifully landscaped hallmark of the College, just in front of Randolph Hall, Interim President Stephen Osborne proudly said before the Cougar family, “For nearly 250 years, we’ve made history in academic research, scholarly discoveries, and athletic victories. While our past is certainly rich with exciting moments, it’s our bright future that is waiting for us to create more historical moments.”

Our college is known for its exquisite historical charm, stunning campus, and never ending dedication towards the education of the next generation of bright minds. CofC has inspired many young scholars to follow their passions and pursue their dreams through their studies. As a result of this encouragement, many of us have moved on to become the best versions of ourselves. I believe that this is a wonderful mission to celebrate. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to study at such a prestigious university.

With no plans to slow down any time soon, the College is ready for the next 250 years, and it is optimistic and excited about what the future has in store.


Article by Staff Writer Anna Jacksa, @annajacksa_