Montclair State University Officially Launches Centennial Year with Special Convocation

Montclair State University will mark an important milestone as it commemorates its centennial anniversary in 2008. The official launch of the University's year-long celebration begins with a special convocation on Wednesday, September 19 at 3:30 p.m. The keynote speaker at this event is Richard A. Lynde, provost and vice president for academic affairs, who has made extraordinary contributions to Montclair State during his 37 years of service to the University. The convocation program includes an academic procession, musical performances, and the release of 100 doves to symbolize the transition from our first century to our second century.

From its early days as a normal school to its present standing as one of the leading comprehensive universities in the state and region, Montclair State has seen remarkable change and growth during its first 100 years.


  • In 1910, room and board could be had for $4 per week in a home near campus, with a carriage provided on stormy days.
  • Up to 1931, the state covered 100% of the cost of education, including the purchase or loan of textbooks.
  • In 1932, Montclair became the first of the state's colleges to offer graduate courses for credit and to grant a master of arts degree.
  • Exactly 107,512 degrees have been granted by Montclair State University since 1908.
  • Over the next 100 years, about 350,000 students are expected to earn degrees from Montclair State University.
  • This year's freshmen applicant pool was approximately 10,000 individuals, from every county in New Jersey, 34 states, and 88 countries.

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For additional information, contact Minne Ho, Director of Communications, Montclair State University at (973) 655-4333.

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Montclair State is New Jersey's second largest university. It offers the advantages of a large university--a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum with a global focus, a broad variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level, and a diverse faculty and student body--combined with a small college's attention to students.