150th Anniversary


When Joseph Baldwin opened the North Missouri Normal School and Commercial College on Sept. 2, 1867, he set the stage for producing generations of thoughtful professionals, engaged citizens, and knowledgeable leaders. Over the last 150 years, the school has experienced many changes, but Baldwin’s legacy of making an impact on the lives of others continues today. During the 2017-2018 academic year, join us in celebrating Truman State University’s accomplishments as we continue to produce life-long learners who change the world for the better. Check out the history of Truman as well!

Back to School Bash Sesquicentennial Kickoff

Friday, August 25, 2017

Community Thank You Celebration

Friday, September 8, 2017

150th Homecoming Celebration

Saturday, October 14, 2017

1867 Challenge

Wednesday-Thursday, Nov. 15-16, 2017

The 1867 Giving Challenge celebrated Truman’s 150-year history while building for its future. The campaign lasted 1,867 minutes between November 15 and 16, 2017. During the challenge, there were 449 gifts to Athletics, the Faculty Development Fund and the Truman Fund for Excellence. Including matching donations to these areas, $136,631 was raised during the 1867 Challenge.

Fall Commencement

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Homecoming Games

Women’s Soccer:
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

Men’s & Women’s Basketball:
Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018

Holman Family Distinguished Speaker

Daymond John - Friday, April 13, 2018

Daymond John from the television series “Shark Tank” gave the Holman Family Distinguished Speakers Series presentation. John is also known for his status as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and his recent book, “The Power of Broke,” which become a New York Times bestseller. He now serves as CEO of the brand consultancy The Shark group, which specializes in brand strategy and development.

Sesquicentennial Presidential Celebration

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Final Blowout

Saturday, April 28, 2018

A celebration of Truman’s Sesquicentennial anniversary and the end of the school year. The event offered food (Andy’s custard, Jamaican Jerk Hut, Grill-A-Brothers), attractions, games, prizes, t-shirt decorating, and live music featuring AJ Smith, Dustin Hatzenbuhler, and Black Daniels and the Bears. A professional fireworks display concluded the event.

Spring Commencement

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Stories and Memories

Harry Visits Campus
May Day
Opera on the Lake
Magruder Hall
Violette Hall
MLB Success
Eleanor Roosevelt Visits Truman
The Final Four Team
The Index
Pickler Memorial Library
The Presidents
Helen Keller
Greek Life
Ophelia Parrish
1924: The Baldwin Fire
Kirk Building and Kirk Memorial
1957: The Pershing Building
1967: Remembering the Centennial Anniversary
The Residence Halls
1950s: Thanksgiving Break
1967: The Bell Wall
1927: Joseph Baldwin Memorial
1966: Welcoming the Computer
1967: Student Union Building
The Gum Tree
1915: The Bulldog
1947: Bulldogs Win Bowl Game in Front of President Reagan
1867: Cumberland Academy
1984: Olympic Gold
1997: Rec Center Turns 20

Submitted Memories:
Phil DiRuocco (’67): “Bringing Johnny Mathis to our campus as a member of the NEMO Student Council. Having a very active Newman Club. A November trip to Acapulco, Mexico in a 1955 Pontiac ambulance hearse with Paul Oakley, Jack Simmons, Tom Sherry & Rusty Broderick. A winter ski trip to Denver /Breckenridge, Colorado with Jim Dattilo. Student teaching in Milan, Mo., with Len Butler.” 

*each links to a special article from Truman today 150th special editions