On December 10, 2016, Milligan officially turned 150!

We’re rolling out the orange carpet to make sure Buffs everywhere can take part in this once-in-a-lifetime Sesquicentennial celebration. Online, in your community, church, or wherever the Buff Nation spirit moves you, this is the year to make lots of noise and show your Milligan colors to the world.


Honor: A Proud Heritage, A Bright Future

HopwoodsFrom its beginnings in 1866, young men and women from the mountains of Appalachia and far beyond have journeyed to campus on the faith that Milligan University would be the place their dreams would take root. Milligan’s leaders—legendary presidents Josephus Hopwood and Henry Derthick, and all those who followed—have believed in the founding principle, Christian Education, The Hope of the World.

Today, Milligan is a dynamic university continually recognized for its consistently high quality student experience, for its strong educational outcomes, and for its affordability and value. Whatever the time, whatever the challenge, for 150 years Milligan has stood proudly for excellence in Christian higher education. Forward Ever.



Reminisce: Commemorative BookMilligan 150 book

Get your copy of Milligan’s special limited edition Sesquicentennial commemorative book! This full-color, hardback, coffee-table book contains many rarely seen photos of Milligan through the decades, along with photos of artifacts from the university archives. Books may be purchased through the Milligan University Bookstore — online or on-campus. A great gift for the Milligan Buffs in your life!

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Vintage and 150th Gear available!

Purchase vintage and 150th gear and accessories available now in the Milligan University  Bookstore.


Sesquicentennial Plaza


In honor of Milligan’s 150th, we are proud to announce Sesquicentennial Plaza, a newly designed outdoor courtyard for students located just outside the P.H. Welshimer Library’s southeast entrance, facing Seeger Memorial Chapel, in the heart of campus.

Be a part of honoring Milligan’s century-and-a-half long history and the important role the University has played in your life. Show your appreciation for your time here, remember a family member, celebrate your classmates, or recognize someone special in your life with a gift of $150 to the Sesquicentennial Plaza Commemorative Brick Program.

Your name, or that of someone you wish to honor or remember, will be etched on a commemorative brick and incorporated into this beautiful space that the Milligan community will enjoy for years to come.

Listen: “History through the Eyes of Milligan Faculty” Seminars

History through the Eyes of Milligan” is a series of oral history seminars presented by retired Milligan faculty that explores Milligan’s rich history. The seminars are offered each Tuesday, Aug. 23-Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. in the second floor of Derthick Hall and are free and open to the public. If you missed the seminars, click below to watch the recorded sessions.


Celebrate: Sesquicentennial Events

Download our 150th Faith, Arts, & Culture Brochure or check the schedule below!

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