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Events

125th AnniversaryThroughout the 2019-20 academic year, Fitchburg State will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a series of programs, performances and exhibitions that highlight the university's history and the vibrancy of its community. This page will be updated throughout the year.

Tuesday, September 10

Rock the Block

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Main Quadrangle and Highland Avenue
Description: The campus community gathers as Fitchburg State's clubs and organizations welcome incoming students to learn about their extracurricular options. There will also be a part-time job fair and, at 5 p.m., a "family photo" on the quad. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, September 17

Constitution Day: Antonelli v. Hammond

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall
Description: Fifty years ago, the staff of Fitchburg State's student newspaper clashed with administration over the right to publish. The case went to federal court, where the students won what has become a landmark case in student journalism. The plaintiffs from Antonelli v. Hammond return to campus to recall their experiences.

Thursday, September 26

Community Read: Literary Perspectives of Maus

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ellis White Lecture Hall, Hammond Hall
Description: As part of our Community Read of the acclaimed graphic novel Maus, a panel of English Studies faculty will discuss the work from the Jewish literary, graphic novel, and pedagogic uses perspectives. Professor Lisa Gim will moderate the panel that will include Professors Michael Hoberman, Heather Urbanski and Katharine Covino.

Thursday, October 3

A Conversation with Jeff Selingo

Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall
Description: Jeffrey J. Selingo has written about higher education for two decades. He is the author of three books, a contributing writer at the Washington Post and The Atlantic, and a professor of practice and special advisor at Arizona State University. He is also a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities.

Sunday, October 6

Carl Bernstein

Time: 10 a.m. brunch, 12 p.m. discussion
Location: Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley
Description: Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Carl Bernstein appears as part of the Bull Run Speakers Series. From uncovering the Watergate scandal to writing about national and international affairs for more than 40 years, Bernstein’s books, reporting and commentary have revealed the inner-workings of government and politics, and told the hidden stories of Washington and its leaders. Tickets may be purchased online.

Saturday, October 19

Open House

Location: Hammond Hall
Description: There's no better way for prospective students to learn about all that Fitchburg State has to offer than by attending one of our fall open houses. Meet with faculty, staff and current students. Visit Each fall we host Open House events for prospective students. These campus visits are our premier visit opportunity for you to meet with faculty, staff and current students. Learn more and register on our Visit page.

Friday, October 25 

Homecoming and Alumni Weekend

Description: Join us for celebration, nostalgia and fun. There will be a bonfire, pep rally and fireworks to kick off the festivities. To learn more, visit the Homecoming Weekend page.

Saturday, October 26

Gold Key Breakfast

Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall
Description: The Class of 1969 is inducted into our Gold Key Society at this celebration for all alumni who graduated 50 years ago or longer. Visit the Alumni page for more information.

Campus Tours

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
Description: Join Library Archivist Asher Jackson for a guided tour of the campus, including highlights from Fitchburg State history.

Snacks in the Stacks

Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
Description: Join the Fitchburg State deans for a reception including updates on the university's vision for the future. Explore archival exhibits.

Football: Falcons vs. Westfield State

Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Elliot Field
Description: Our Homecoming football game pits the Falcons against the Westfield State Owls in MASCAC action. Cheer on the green and gold and tailgate with food trucks at the big game.

Saturday, November 2

Open House

Location: Hammond Hall
Description: There's no better way for prospective students to learn about all that Fitchburg State has to offer than by attending one of our fall open houses. Meet with faculty, staff and current students. Visit Each fall we host Open House events for prospective students. These campus visits are our premier visit opportunity for you to meet with faculty, staff and current students. Learn more and register on our Visit page.

Tuesday, November 12 

Veterans Resource Fair

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall
Description: Fitchburg State has a long and proud history of serving its student veterans. Our Military Friendly campus will host this event designed to show veterans the resources available to them on- and off-campus.

Saturday, November 16

Open House

Location: Hammond Hall
Description: There's no better way for prospective students to learn about all that Fitchburg State has to offer than by attending one of our fall open houses. Meet with faculty, staff and current students. Visit Each fall we host Open House events for prospective students. These campus visits are our premier visit opportunity for you to meet with faculty, staff and current students. Learn more and register on our Visit page.

Tuesday, November 19

Main Stage Theater Production: Matches

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Falcon Hub, Hammond Hall
Description: An evening of nine new two-character, 10-minute plays by Peter Anderegg that explores themes surrounding the notion that happiness is hard to find and something is always getting in the way.

Wednesday, November 20

Community Read: Mini Poster Conference

Time: 3:15 p.m.
Location: Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
Description: As part of our Community Read of the celebrated graphic novel Maus, students from Professor Ben Lieberman's course on the Holocaust will share their research on Holocaust-related topics.

Main Stage Theater Production: Matches

Time: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Location: Falcon Hub, Hammond Hall
Description: A series of nine new two-character, 10-minute plays by Peter Anderegg that explores themes surrounding the notion that happiness is hard to find and something is always getting in the way.

Thursday, November 21

Main Stage Theater Production: Matches

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Falcon Hub, Hammond Hall
Description: An evening of nine new two-character, 10-minute plays by Peter Anderegg that explores themes surrounding the notion that happiness is hard to find and something is always getting in the way.

Friday, November 22

Main Stage Theater Production: Matches

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Falcon Hub, Hammond Hall
Description: An evening of nine new two-character, 10-minute plays by Peter Anderegg that explores themes surrounding the notion that happiness is hard to find and something is always getting in the way.

Saturday, November 23

Main Stage Theater Production: Matches

Time: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Location: Falcon Hub, Hammond Hall
Description: A series of nine new two-character, 10-minute plays by Peter Anderegg that explores themes surrounding the notion that happiness is hard to find and something is always getting in the way.

Sunday, November 24

Main Stage Theater Production: Matches

Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Falcon Hub, Hammond Hall
Description: A series of nine new two-character, 10-minute plays by Peter Anderegg that explores themes surrounding the notion that happiness is hard to find and something is always getting in the way.