WHAT:            Rededication of Historic Memorial Oak

WHERE:          Outside of Whitman Hall

WHEN:            Thursday, April 12 at 11:30 am

WHY:               Farmingdale State College’s fabled Memorial Oak, which stands outside the eastern entrance to Whitman Hall, was dedicated in June 1921 to honor the contributions of World War I student veterans.  Soils from the Allied Nations, as well as the states from which our students hailed, were used in the planting of the Oak.

This mighty Oak will be rededicated on Thursday, April 12 at 11:30 am as part of Farmingdale State College’s 100th anniversary celebration. April 12 is only three days in advance of the College’s actual 100th anniversary.

The program includes: remarks from President Keen, a telling of the history of the Oak and unveiling the contents of the 1987 Time Capsule.  University Police will provide a 21-gun salute.

It’s a community event. An honor guard, accompanied by our student veterans, will carry the flags of each of the Armed Forces branches. A Farmingdale High School student will play taps.

Alumna and staff member Kathryn Burke will sing. Brian Maher, director of Long Island Educational Opportunity Center, will give an invocation.

Plans for a new Centennial tree will be unveiled and a new Time Capsule will be buried.