September 23, 2018
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Thomas College set to celebrate 125th anniversary with yearlong celebrations

Community Author: MacKenzie Riley
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Contact: pr@thomas.edu
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WATERVILLE — Thomas College is set to celebrate its 125th anniversary this year with various event throughout the year. Celebrations kick off with Homecoming and Family Weekend on Oct. 12-14 and will end with the 125th Commencement in May 2019.

The College was founded in 1894 as Kiest Business College on Main Street in Waterville. After several name iterations and a move to the John Ware home on Silver Street in 1956, the College opened its current campus on the banks of the historic Kennebec River in 1971.  Since then, Thomas has grown exponentially in programming, enrollment, services and facilities.

“As we prepare to celebrate our quasquicentennial, we pause to appreciate our humble roots and to thank the faculty, staff and leaders whose hard work, tenacity and vision have led to the dynamic growth of the College,” said president Laurie G. Lachance. “Though we have grown so much throughout the last 125 years, one thing that hasn’t changed is our dedication to providing students with success in their personal and professional lives. It has been my greatest honor to lead this college and to help create our vision for growth.”

About Thomas College:

Thomas College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in programs ranging from business, entrepreneurship, and technology, to education, criminal justice and psychology. Its Guaranteed Job Program, the first of its kind in the nation, is built on students’ academic, career and leadership preparation. Thomas is also home to the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation and the Center for Innovation in Education. Money Magazine recently ranked Thomas 23rd in the country for adding the most value to their degrees, and data reported by the New York Times ranks Thomas in the top 15 percent of all college and universities in the U.S. for upward mobility of its graduates. For more information, visit www.thomas.edu or contact MacKenzie Riley at rileym@thomas.edu or 207-859-1313.