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A 200 year milestone requires a remarkable celebration! Bicentennial events are planned to span 14 months and will honor the past, elevate the present and bend the future.

In addition to the events listed below, individual colleges and campus departments are celebrating in many ways – be sure to keep your eye out for other celebrations across campus.

Signature Bicentennial Events

Charter Week
January 15-19, 2019

The official kickoff of the Bicentennial  honored our rich history with events focused around our founding date in January of 1819. We enthusiastically received a proclamation from the City of Cincinnati,  unveiled our virtual reality experiences, and heard more about Dr. Daniel Drake, the founder of Ohio Medical College and Cincinnati College. We kept the party going across the city, with celebrations and cake at all UC campuses.  

UC Community Week
April 1-6, 2019

Share in a week of engagement, enlightenment and enjoyment! Festivities include an array of thought-provoking discussions at UC Research + Innovation Week, Business Analytics Conference and more. The week will culminate with a big celebration and large-scale Community Day. The free event is open to the public and will feature special academic experiences, family-friendly activities, health screenings, food trucks and entertainment.

Bicentennial Alumni Celebration
April 4, 2019

The UC Alumni Association’s most prestigious annual alumni event. We will recognize and celebrate the many contributions and overall excellence of UC alumni in countless fields of endeavor throughout the world. It’s a glitzy evening full of special presentations and performances, plus dinner by the bite, and a champagne dessert reception. 

New York City Showcase
April 13, 2019

Head to the Big Apple for an exclusive celebratory weekend, April 12 - 14, marking the Bicentennial and the 50th anniversary of the CCM Musical Theatre Program. Saturday's Bicentennial Showcase will be an unforgettable presentation in iconic Gotham Hall by the CCM Musical Theatre graduating seniors. Also enjoy a variety of other group excursions and experiences throughout the weekend.

Bicentennial Bearcat Bash
November 8, 2019

The shining star event of a lifetime for all UC supporters. This is the glitzy “red and black” event that people will be talking about for the next 200 years! Don’t miss it!

Homecoming 2019
November 9, 2019

In Fall 2019, we will celebrate 200 years of unparalleled Bearcat spirit and achievement! Celebrate with Bearcats of all ages at the official Homecoming Kickoff Party, Homecoming Parade and Homecoming football game.


Additional Events and Celebrations 

Events in Naples and Palm Beach, Florida

Thanks to all alumni who joined us on February 19th & 20th for receptions in Naples and Palm Beach. Events featured UC President Neville Pinto, Athletic Director Mike Bohn and Head Football Coach Luke Fickell.

Chicagoans for Cincy! Bicentennial Gala

February 28 was a great evening of Bearcat spirit. Thaks to all who attended and supported scholarships while celebrating the Bicentennial!

Columbus Bicentennial Celebration & Commendation

On March 12, President Pinto will be joined by members of the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate for a special commendation and reception to celebrate UC’s 200 years of impact.

UC Day of Giving

UC’s first 200 years were built by a bold vision and unrelenting determination. On April 2, join the team that will inspire our next two centuries of impact. Help us unleash the #BoldlyBearcat spirit on UC Day of Giving. Learn more and become an ambassador at dayofgiving.uc.edu. #BearcatsGive