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Whitworth to celebrate 125 years with series of special events Oct. 9-12

July 22, 2014

Whitworth will mark its 125th anniversary with a weekend of exciting events Oct. 9-12 for the Whitworth and Spokane communities. The events will take place during Homecoming and Family Weekend, and include the fall President’s Leadership Forum, campus tours, alumni and family gatherings on campus, a football game, the fall theatre production, an exhibit highlighting Whitworth’s 125-year history, and a free evening celebration downtown.

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“Across Whitworth’s 125-year history, a host of faculty, staff, trustees, students, alumni and friends have dedicated themselves to living out and sustaining Whitworth’s distinctive mission of mind and heart,” says Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor. “I am thrilled to invite members of the Whitworth and Spokane communities to join us as we celebrate this very special time in Whitworth’s history.”

The President’s Leadership Forum, featuring former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9, from noon-1:30 p.m., at the Spokane Convention Center. Cost for this event is $60 per person or $600 for a corporate table. Lunch is included.

Friday’s events will include an open house at Hardwick House for alumni and families from 12- 5 p.m., and a dessert reception for families of current students beginning at 6:30 p.m. The fall theatre production, The Drowsy Chaperone, will be held throughout the weekend on Friday evening, Saturday evening, and Sunday afternoon. Regular admission is $10.

A free celebration at the Spokane Convention Center will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The evening will feature remarks from Taylor, a look at Whitworth’s past, present and future, performances from Whitworth’s music ensembles, and a short film commissioned for the anniversary celebration.

The weekend will culminate with a community worship service on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Whitworth Fieldhouse. The service will feature the Choral Reunion choir. The George F. Whitworth Medal, the university’s highest honor, will also be awarded.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Michelle Drennen, Assistant Director of Development, Advancement Events, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3449 or

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or