Celebrating 200 Years

Kenyon will celebrate its bicentennial throughout 2024 on campus and with alumni and friends across the country. There are many ways for everyone to be part of this historic moment for Kenyon.

Most know the story — and songs — of Philander Chase settling on the location for Kenyon College, but what came next? Explore our historical timeline, from that initial ascent through two centuries of change and growth.


Share Your Kenyon Story

Kenyon is about so much more than the dates and details contained in the timeline. Alumni are invited to share memories of their time on the Hill for posterity and publication in an oral history book.

Browse the Bicentennial Shop

From throwback T-shirts of your favorite Kenyon icons to classic sweatshirts and sweaters, our bicentennial is the perfect excuse to update your Kenyon gear.

Sign the Book!

We’ve taken a figurative page from the Matriculation Book to create the Bicentennial Book, which will travel to every bicentennial event that takes place throughout 2024. Anyone who attends an event will be invited to sign it — at each event they attend.

Special Projects Fund

A new fund invites the creativity and participation of the wider Kenyon community to commemorate the bicentennial. Funding can support campus beautification, permanent and temporary installations, performances, research projects, events or other creative ideas.

Bicentennial News

A new book celebrates the powerful sense of belonging that Kenyon has always inspired. Insightful chapters on the campus, its history and its surroundings, together with vivid personal reflections and magnificent photos, capture the magic of a college like no other.

Alumni, parents, faculty, staff and all who love this place are invited to give to Kenyon in honor of 200 years, in recognition of the vitality of sustaining our educational mission. Celebrate our shared history with a gift for Kenyon’s bright future.