University of Cincinnati Commences Bicentennial Celebration

University announces 2019 events and marks its Charter Week

Visitors expore the Bicentennial VR Experience


CINCINNATI – Jan. 15, 2019 – The University of Cincinnati (UC) kicked off its Bicentennial year with a reception on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the UC College of Medicine. This event coincided with UC’s Charter Week, honoring the signing of the charters that founded the Medical College of Ohio on Jan. 19, 1819 and Cincinnati College on Jan. 22, 1819. UC is the 18th oldest public institution in the United States.

The kickoff celebration included the announcement of the Bicentennial Community Engagement Grant recipients, a “University of Cincinnati Bicentennial Day” proclamation from Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and the unveiling of UC’s Virtual Reality Experience. Five virtual reality vignettes, designed by the UC Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research, faculty, staff and students, allow participants to experience historical moments on UC’s campus. The Virtual Reality Booth Design and Coordination was directed by UC Planning + Design + Construction with participation from students of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. UC College of Nursing was presented with an Apple Distinguished School Award.

President Neville Pinto, Mayor John Cranley and UC College of Medicine Interim Dean Andrew Filak, Jr. MD at the Bicentennial CelebrationUC President Neville Pinto; UC College of Medicine Interim Dean Andrew Filak Jr., MD; UC College of Nursing Dean Greer Glazer, PhD; and UC trustees, faculty, students, staff and friends attended the reception marking this historic milestone. The theme of UC’s Bicentennial is Boldly Bearcat, capturing the tenacity, drive, determination and grit that characterize UC and its community.

“This Bicentennial Celebration will honor our university’s rich past, elevate its dynamic present and look forward with great anticipation to its innovative impact over the next 200 years,” Pinto said. “It’s time to show the world that Next Lives Here at the University of Cincinnati.”

The university’s 200th anniversary will be celebrated at the following events; updates and details will be available at

  • UC Bicentennial Birthday Celebrations will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17 at UC’s Academic Health Center, UC Clermont College, UC Blue Ash and UC’s Tangeman University Center.
  • UC Bicentennial Community Week is April 1 – 6, 2019
    • Festivities include a Bicentennial Alumni Celebration on April 4 and Community Day on April 5
  • UC Homecoming: October 2019 (Final date TBD)
  • UC Bicentennial Signature Celebration: Nov. 9, 2019

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About the UC Bicentennial
The University of Cincinnati is the eighteenth oldest public institution in the United States and traces its origins to the founding of the Medical College of Ohio and Cincinnati College in 1819. Reaching this historic milestone puts UC in prestigious company of other pioneering and enduring institutions. Home of the first cooperative education program, the nation’s first teaching hospital, the oral polio vaccine, and the first antihistamine, it is rooted in innovation, grit, and tenacity to learn more, to be more, and to do more. Join UC as we mark this historic milestone of our first 200 years that have paved the way for our future, as we show the world that UC will lead urban public universities into a new era of innovation and impact.