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This is it folks … our final Flashback Friday, as the college’s yearlong sesquicentennial celebration culminates tomorrow, Saturday, September 5, when Canisius officially turns 150 years old.

Yes, it was that long ago when, on September 5, 1870, in the small, two-story brick building at 434 Ellicott Street (pictured above), that Canisius opened its doors to its first cohort of students (35 in all). The institution’s founding mission was to instruct youth – especially Catholic youth – in all disciplines of liberal arts and higher branches of knowledge.

Now, 150 years later, that mission and the academic excellence that it yielded continue to transform the hearts and minds of our students.

Happy Sesquicentennial Canisius College!

Submitted by: College Communications