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Celebrating 60 Years-Highlights of Our Sixth Decade

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The University of Hartford began its 60th year on February 21, 2017 with a “Where’s Walt” scavenger hunt and birthday cake in the Commons. On this page, we’re sharing photos and a video about the day as well as some interesting and exciting University accomplishments that happened from 2007 to 2017. It’s not a comprehensive list but it is sure to spark some memories.

In the first two weeks of our 60th year, we are adding one year per day.

You can read a brief University history here and watch videos from our 50th anniversary here



Women’s basketball earns highest NCAA seed to date

March 17 – The University of Hartford women's basketball team has earned a No. 10 seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament, the highest seed in school history.  Read More


Harry Jack Gray Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement established

April 15 - The University has established a new honor - the Harry Jack Gray Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement - and the first recipient of the award is Gray himself.  Read More


Dorothy Goodwin café opens in Mortensen Library

May 4 – Students now have an inviting new place to go for study breaks and snacks in Mortensen Library, thanks to one of several generous bequests from the late Dorothy Goodwin.  Read More


University High School of Science and Engineering graduates first class

June 13 – The first African-American astronaut to walk in space encouraged members of University High School's "Legacy Class" to follow their dreams, during a speech at the school's inaugural graduation ceremony on June 13.  Read More


Gov. M. Jodi Rell speaks to MBA class on campus

July 26 – "Women make great leaders." That was the message that Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell shared with the Barney School of Business's "Leadership in the 21st Century" class on Saturday, July 26.  Read More


University team leads discoveries at the Sobibor concentration camp in Poland

Aug. 8 – Using state-of-the-art geophysical techniques, such as ground-penetrating radar and electromagnetics technology, a University of Hartford team has made remarkable discoveries at the Sobibor concentration camp in Poland, where up to 200,000 people were killed during World War II.  Read More


Regents Park exterior renovated, pedestrian bridge replaced, Berkman auditorium converted

Sept. 4 – Students returned this week to find a number of changes on campus - most noticeably, the disappearance of the pedestrian bridge over the Park River.  Read More


Freshman Success Center opens

Sept. 4 – The new Freshman Success Center will hold an Open House for faculty and staff today (Thursday, Sept. 4) and Friday (Sept. 5), from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.  Read More


Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center opens

Sept. 14 – About 450 people celebrated the dedication of the spectacular new Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center Friday, ushering in a new era for the University and The Hartt School.  Read More


Alumni Stadium and Al-Marzook Field dedicated

Sept. 21 – Students, alumni, and special guests gathered at Al-Marzook Field on Saturday for the re-dedication of the refurbished soccer/lacrosse field and the naming of Alumni Stadium.  Read More


Judge Sonia Sotomayor (now Supreme Court Justice) gives Newman lecture

Oct. 20 – Federal Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who is often mentioned as a possible nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, will give a lecture today (Monday, Oct. 20) at 4:30 Wilde Auditorium.  Read More