Quasquicentennial:  Our 125th Anniversary

125 Years of Innovation in Education

In September 1895, Fairmount College, the forerunner of Wichita State University, held its first classes just northeast of 17th Street and Hillside. Now, 125 years later, we celebrate the ever-expanding role of our institution as a pillar of cultural and academic excellence, a vital engine of economic growth and a positive force in the lives of millions.

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1996 Symposium Response

Twenty-five years ago, we asked a group of local professionals to predict what life would be like in 2020. As our celebration of Wichita State’s 125th year comes to a close, we asked experts and influencers to talk about those predictions from 25 years ago. 

Wichita State Then and Now

We hit the video archives to take a look at how campus life has changed over the decades.

Upcoming Events

WuShock Graphic Novel cover

'Walk with Wu' graphic novel now available

Jay Price, a history professor at Wichita State, and his creative team are honoring Wichita State’s 125th Anniversary with "A Walk with Wu," a graphic novel highlighting our history, significant people, student life, traditions and events.



Thematic Calendar and Events

All events are subject to change due to health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.


July - Community Focused

  • City of Wichita turns 150

August - Welcomefest
Celebrating our founding through 1910s

  • Students return
  • Welcomefest events
  • Getting to know Wichita State

September - WSU Birthday
Celebrating 1920s and 1930s

  • WSU's birthday - 9/11/1895
  • Academic Convocation
  • Volleyball / Softball
  • Latinx Heritage Month
  • Interfest
  • Hyatt Place opening

October - New Beginnings
Celebrating 1940s and 1950s

November / December - Forward Thinking
Celebrating 1960s and 1970s

  • Distinguished Scholarship Invitational
  • Koch Innovation Challenge
  • Finals
  • 3 Minute Thesis
  • U.S. election


January / February - Welcome Back
Celebrating 1980s and 1990s

  • Back to school
  • Springfest events
  • Homecoming
  • Black & Yellow Day
  • Black History Month

March - New Season
Celebrating 2000s

  • AAC Tournament / March Madness
  • W-S-YOU event
  • Women's History Month
  • Shocker New Venture Competition

April - Rise of Technology
Celebrating 2010s

  • DiverseCity
  • Innovation Month
  • Earth Day
  • Open Streets
  • Hippodrome
  • Multicultural Greek Council Step Show

May / June - Future of WSU

  • Finals & Commencement
  • Summer break
  • State Track Meet
  • Juneteenth
  • Summer classes begin
  • Riverfest

Planning Our Quasquicentennial Toolkit

Logos and graphics

Download includes a zipped file with a scalable eps file and a png. Click image to begin download.

125th color logo

125th color logo
125th black and white logo
125th black and white logo

125th logo with Wichita flag

125th logo with Wichita flag
black and white Wichita flag
Black and yellow Wichita flag

Design Templates

Below are a few 125th templates that may be used as a starting point for your project. Each design is set up as an InDesign document. Your download will include an InDesign CC (.indd) file and a legacy InDesign (.idml) file that can be opened by older versions of InDesign. Click image to begin download.

These templates are set in the font Klavika. If you do not have Klavika, you may request it from Creative Services.

125th folded handout template

125th folded handout template

125th flyer template

125th 8.5" x 11" flyer template

125th poster template

125th 11" x 17" poster template

125th profile image template

125th social media profile image template
Video Templates

Below are two motion video templates to use on your 125th video intros and outros. It’s recommended to use the textured template for general video and use the transparent template for adding a customized background. Click link to begin download.

Email Signature

Celebrate Wichita State’s 125th anniversary by adding a special anniversary “signature” to your email.

For email signatures it's recommended to only use official Wichita State University and department logos with the registration circle. If your logo does not have a ®, it will need to be replaced with a new logo.

To learn how to change your email signature, please visit Signatures for Mac or Signatures for PC.

Email Signature preview

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Download email signature

Web Snippet

Snippet with 125th logo on the left and room for content on the right. Use for displaying content as you plan and implement content for the 125th anniversary. Change the background color, use it in a standard page or landing page, or as a sidebar, add an image or button links.

To find the snippet, go to the CMS toolbar, click "Insert Snippet" and search for "125th." See an example of all available combinations.