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Connelly, Illinois House honor North Central College with Sesquicentennial resolution

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Dec. 19, 2011—The Illinois House of Representatives congratulates North Central College on its Sesquicentennial in a resolution sponsored by Michael Connelly, 48th District state representative.

The resolution commemorating the 150th anniversary of the College’s founding was adopted by the 97th General Assembly. Connelly, R-Naperville, presented a copy of the resolution to Harold R. Wilde, North Central College president, in December.

“North Central College has, for more than seven generations, educated students who have become leaders in science, the arts, education, business, and many other fields,” the resolution states.

The school was founded in 1861 as Plainfield College and was known as North-Western College from 1864 to 1926. The resolution notes that the College has been located in Naperville since 1870.

“We recognize the 150th anniversary of North Central College and wish all the students, alumni, faculty and staff the very best in this historic year,” the House resolution states. The full text of the resolution may be found on the Illinois General Assembly website.

“North Central College plays a huge role in the academic, economic, cultural and athletic life of Naperville,” Connelly said. “Its dedicated teachers, parents, students and staff bring a vibrancy to the city. President Wilde and the Board of Trustees should be commended for making North Central College one of the finest small colleges in the country.”

North Central College’s yearlong Sesquicentennial Celebration commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first day of classes on Nov. 11, 1861, and the College’s role in helping to shape the fabric of the Naperville community. North Central College is planning numerous Sesquicentennial events and projects through Commencement on June 9, 2012. Visit to learn more.