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New York Chiropractic College Wraps Up Year-Long Centennial Celebration, Honors Rich History, Sets Sights on Bright Future

January 6, 2020 New York Chiropractic College

The year 2019 has been full of celebrations, some big, some small -- all in the name of New York Chiropractic College's centennial milestone.

From the birthday parties and celebrations to exciting workshops featuring nationally recognized speakers, the events have all been part of a year-long tribute to the College's rich 100-year history and many successes.

Centennial banner outside of NYCC campus

Most recently, the final salute of the year-long celebration took place at the College's Happy Birthday, NYCC! event. The Centennial version of the College logo and giant wooden
N-Y-C-C letters were still proudly on display at the final commemorative get-together of the College's 100th year.

"These have been fitting celebrations this year," said NYCC President Michael Mestan. "We have taken the opportunity to celebrate how far we have come as well as anticipating the exciting times that lie ahead. As we wrap up our celebrations of the 100-year history of NYCC it is the perfect time to imagine our future and find ways to grow to become stronger and enhance and clarify our shared heritage that makes us so special."

Highlights of NYCC's Centennial Year:

Cheers to 100 Years! — The College kicked off the milestone Centennial birthday with a community-wide celebration, including a toast and words from President Mestan.

First Birthday of the BLUEprint — The College's three-year strategic plan "NYCC's 2018-2021 BLUEprint: Growing the Future Together" turned one and progress updates were shared at State of the College town-hall meetings for faculty, staff and students. 
Centennial Celebration — NYCC's community of alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends gathered in record numbers for the College's centennial homecoming weekend, featuring the President's dinner, professional workshops and the Through the Decades dinner and dance. 

NYCC students, faculty, and staff gathered for a toast by President Mestan

Professional Speaker Series — Industry leaders came to campus throughout the year to speak with NYCC students regarding current topics and professional best practices. Among the nationally recognized speakers were NYCC Trustee Emeritus John Rosa, D.C. '92, who spoke about the opioid crisis, and Dr. Josh Kollmann, D.C. '06, chiropractor for the NFL's Carolina Panthers, who spoke about NYCC pride, open-mindedness as a trait to grow chiropractic and, industry collaboration.

State recognition for NYCC — Acknowledgements and certificates were presented to the College by state leaders and elected officials, recognizing NYCC as a leader in natural healthcare education and celebrating the many successes of the College's first 100 years.

Centennial Blue Day — As part of NYCC Blue Day, students, faculty and staff came together for the much-anticipated yearly volleyball competition and a day of festivities to celebrate the campus community and all things (NYCC) Blue! To kick off Centennial Blue Day, the College community gathered to form the number "100," which was recorded via aerial time lapse video.

Centennial Commencements — As NYCC commemorated its centennial year as a leading institution for the education and training of natural healthcare students, three commencement ceremonies at the College celebrated more than 300 graduates and welcomed three powerful keynote speakers.

Happy Birthday, NYCC, and Time Capsule Dedication — During the Centennial year's final official event, NYCC President Mestan ceremonially closed NYCC's Centennial Time Capsule, set to be buried on NYCC grounds for future generations of healthcare professionals to enjoy when it is opened in 2069.

See even more NYCC Centennial-year video and pictures, here: www.nycc.edu/centennial

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