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Celebrating Our Centennial

“Ours is indeed a history of heroes—of diligent, thoughtful, and dynamic people whose contributions are easily discernible. And there are quiet heroes also to whom we are equally indebted—so many faculty, staff, students, trustees, and donors who have worked tirelessly with our common goal and purpose always in mind. Our Centennial permits us to celebrate our remarkable past, and it provides us an opportunity to define our bright future.” —President Anthony S. Caprio 

Our Historic First Century

From the first classes held in the Springfield, Massachusetts YMCA to the world-class private education it offers today, follow the transformative journey that has shaped the first 100 years of Western New England University.

Look Back

From the Archives

As the official keeper of our institutional memory, the University Archives offer a treasure trove of history, trivia, digital collections, and valuable records. View old publications, read a blog about the Golden Bear, and more.

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Centennial Events

Join us throughout the year as we celebrate our Centennial on campus and at alumni gatherings nationwide. Major events include: Commencement Weekend, the Convocation and Community Centennial Barbecue, and a Centennial Themed Homecoming Weekend. Be a part of this historic year!

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What WNE Means to Me

People are at the heart of our collective journey. This spring, we will showcase oral histories recorded by members of our community as they reflect on their experiences at Western New England University. We also encourage alumni to share their memories and photos with us.

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Centennial Brochure

As we continue to embark on our University journey, we look back with gratitude, and we look forward with enthusiasm and pride, knowing that we have all played a vital role in the evolution of our beloved Western New England University.

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Our Bright Future

What’s ahead in our Second Century? Learn how we a preparing for our next hundred years through the Campaign for Our Second Century and more!

Look Ahead