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Happy 125th anniversary to us! See the full list of special events

08.06.2015 | By:
Rams Up! This year's President's Picnic kicked off Texas Wesleyan's 125-year anniversary.

We Rams are proud of our "Smaller. Smarter." focus. This year, however, we're going to Texas-size our 125th anniversary celebrations.

It's a yearlong celebration that starts with the campus-wide President's Picnic on Aug. 27, moves through a slew of activities and events and ends with a celebration for our newest alumni at Spring Commencement on May 14. 

"It is fitting that we have reached a milestone anniversary at this time of excitement and energy on campus," President Frederick G. Slabach, said. "Rams can be proud of our accomplishments and campus improvements, and we hope to see you at many of our anniversary celebrations."

Here are some special events you won't want to miss. Each will have a 125-year focus. Find up-to-date details about each of them at

Willson Lectureship - 7 p.m., Sept. 28, Martin Hall

Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandala, and Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be the speakers at this year's Willson Lectureship. This is the first time the two human rights activists, whose forefathers ended apartheid, have presented together. 

Rosedale Renaissance Dedication Ceremony - Oct. 22

You won't believe how much Rosedale Street and the front of the campus has changed. See it for yourself at the Rosedale Renaissance Dedication, which features a barbeque luncheon and party on the mall by the stunning new Canafax Clock Tower.

Many local dignitaries, including Mayor Betsy Price and Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Brooks will be on hand for the ribbon cutting and party. 

125th Anniversary Gala - Feb. 20

This don't-miss event at the Worthington Hotel in downtown Fort Worth is going to be huge, and seating will be limited, so mark your calendars now. We will be honoring U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger '65 HON '93, who is the honorary chair of the event, and Lou Martin HON '03, who is the event chair. Details of the keynote speaker and ticketing information will be announced later this fall.

125th Anniversary Events


Aug. 272015 President's Picnic

Sept. 28 – Willson Lectureship

8 – Business Hall of Fame
22 – Rosedale Renaissance Dedication Ceremony
30 – Barr Concert

13 – Alumni Medal Dinner
14 – Brick Dedication Ceremony

12 – Fall Commencement
13 – Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert 


5 – Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet

Lewis Endowed Speakers Series – Date to be determined

6 – Homecoming
16 – Goostree Symposium
20 – 125th Anniversary Gala  

8 – President's Honors Concert
21-24 – Spring Musical
22-23 – Alumni Reunion Weekend
University College Day – Date to be determined
Wesleyan Faculty Scholars – Date to be determined

3 – Wesleyan Chorale
14 – Spring Commencement 

Want to use the 125th Anniversary year logo for your campus event? Contact Rueben Gonzales.