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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

Community Week festivities included an array of thought-provoking discussions at UC Research + Innovation Week, Business Analytics Conference and more. The week culminated with a large-scale Community Day - with educational sessions, open house, and was capped off by a projection-mapping light show: MOMENTUM. 


Bicentennial Alumni Celebration
April 4, 2019

The UC Alumni Association’s most prestigious annual alumni event recognized and celebrated the many contributions and overall excellence of UC alumni in countless fields of endeavor throughout the world. It was 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

Thanks to all who headed to the Big Apple for an exclusive celebratory weekend marking the Bicentennial and the 50th anniversary of the CCM Musical Theatre Program. Saturday's Bicentennial Showcase was an unforgettable presentation in iconic Gotham Hall by the CCM Musical Theatre graduating seniors, capped off with 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

Celebrate 200 years of unparalleled Bearcat spirit and achievement at Homecoming! Join 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. Thanks to all who attended and supported scholarships while celebrating the Bicentennial!

Columbus Bicentennial Celebration & Commendation

On March 12, President Pinto was 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 the #BoldlyBearcat spirit was unleashed on UC Day of Giving. Learn more at dayofgiving.uc.edu. #BearcatsGive 

Dinner With 200

Dinner With 200 was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that brought together 100 students and 100 alumni to celebrate the UC Bicentennial. Guests enjoyed dinner together and discussed the importance of remaining an engaged Bearcat after graduation. The evening featured alumni speakers who shared their personal stories, as well as the opportunity to shoot hoops in Fifth Third Arena. 

Unveiling of Dr. Daniel Drake Historical Marker and Cecil Striker Society Lecture

Please join us on the Eden Avenue steps of the CARE/Crawley Building on Wednesday, May 15 for the official unveiling of the Dr. Daniel Drake Ohio Historical Marker. The marker commemorates Drake’s involvement in founding the Medical College of Ohio, today's UC College of Medicine, and Cincinnati College. The ceremony will be followed by the Cecil Striker Society Annual Lecture. The topic is “Daniel Drake’s Connection to Sir William Osler: Celebrating Two Medical Education Reformers” presented by Philip M. Diller, MD, PhD, and Robert E. Rakel, MD. A reception and exhibit opening follows.

Bearcats at the Ballpark – UC Bicentennial Edition!

Bring your family and friends for our annual Bearcats takeover of Great American Ball Park when the Reds host the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, June 29. We’ll have fan hospitality and giveaways in the Fan Zone and the Machine Room. The first 1,000 tickets purchased for Bearcats at the Ballpark will receive an exclusive UC Bicentennial and Reds’ 150th anniversary co-branded acrylic tumbler! Purchase your tickets now.

World Association for Co-op and Work Integrated Education (WACE) World Conference

The University of Cincinnati will be hosting the WACE World Conference on Aug 4-7, 2019.  WACE is an international organization that links the world’s leading higher education institutions, employers and public authorities, all of whom are committed to preparing new generations for success in today’s global & diverse workforce.  UC will host delegates from over 25 countries, welcoming practitioners, researchers, and administrators to discuss the way integrated learning is changing our profession and the world.