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Pratt Kicks Off 125th Anniversary Celebration

The Institute will launch 16 months of 125th Anniversary festivities with an exciting weekend of lectures, workshops, campus tours, and more for alumni, families, and friends of Pratt on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2. The weekend will also feature an evening of music and dancing under the stars on Pratt’s historic Brooklyn campus.

Todd Galitz, vice president for Institutional Advancement, says this milestone provides a fitting opportunity to celebrate the important contributions made in the world of art and design by the Institute and members of the Pratt community. “Pratt alumni, faculty, and students have influenced our culture and everyday lives with their iconic works,” says Galitz. “Celebrating Pratt’s history gives us a chance to reflect on these significant achievements over the decades, while also offering perspective to the incredible talent of our current students and faculty, and the potential impact of their work .”

The 125th Anniversary Kickoff weekend will also feature class reunions for alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago. In addition, there will be special dedication ceremonies honoring generous gifts by two alumni. One will celebrate Hiroko Nakamoto, whose contribution supports improvements to and beautification of Grand Walk; the other will honor trustee Bruce Newman who designed and supported the fabrication and installation of a new clock as his gift to the Pratt community in commemoration of the Institute’s anniversary. The Kickoff weekend will also include opportunities for visiting families to join alumni and faculty as they begin to mark the occasion of Pratt’s first classes on October 17, 1887. 

To register and to view the full 125th Anniversary Kickoff weekend schedule, please click here.

Also that weekend, the Institute will host a special tour and champagne lunch for the classes of 1951, 1956, and 1961. See more and learn how to register

For questions about family activities during the 125th Anniversary Kickoff, please contact: family@pratt.edu.

Text: Abigail Beshkin
Photo: Josh Gerritsen Photography

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