Montana State University

MSU launches events leading to 125th anniversary in 2018

February 16, 2017 -- MSU News Service

Photos of the Montana State University campus in 1929 and today show the evolution of the university. MSU will honor its 125th anniversary on Feb. 16, 2018, with a year of celebratory activities. Photo illustration by Kelly Gorham.

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Montana State University will honor its 125th anniversary on Feb. 16, 2018, with a year of celebratory activities.

The Bobcat Birthday Bash, set Feb. 16-17, 2018, will commemorate the Montana State Legislature establishment on Feb. 16, 1893 of what was then called The Agricultural College of the State of Montana, now MSU.

The ceremonies begin this year with a poster design contest honoring the 125th anniversary. MSU is seeking design contest submissions from Montana and beyond. The contest will award cash prizes in four categories: MSU students, MSU alumni, Montana community members and Montana high school students. Three top designs will be selected from each category. From those categories, one winning selection will be chosen as the grand prize winner to promote the yearlong celebration of MSU’s 125th anniversary. For more information, go to

The two-day celebration in 2018 will begin with the university’s Award for Excellence dinner honoring MSU’s top seniors and their mentors on Feb. 16, 2018. The Bobcat Birthday Bash, an all-day event centered on the MSU Centennial Mall and Romney Oval, is scheduled Feb. 17, 2018. The event will feature ice skating, a Ferris wheel, music and food, tours of campus programs and inspiring lectures. In addition, the Associated Students of MSU will lead winter games for students, which will include an opening ceremony, cross country skiing and broom ball, among other activities. For more information about the Bobcat Birthday Bash, go to

“Almost 125 years ago, the citizens the State of Montana joined the bold and auspicious project that transformed the nation when Congress endorsed the democratization of higher education by approving the Morrill Act; from that moment, the sons and daughters of the working families of the state positively changed their lives by having access to their own land-grant university,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “Since 1893, the university has educated thousands of students and helped improve the lives of many generations of Montanans. This is a good story to tell and an enormous accomplishment that deserves a joyous celebration.”

Cruzado said the university will celebrate the anniversary throughout 2018 with a broad array of lectures and events that will honor the institution. A full slate of the activities will be announced soon at

Maggie Hayes (406) 994-2341,