Carnegie Mellon University

A Celebration 50 Years in the Making

In 1967, two institutions founded by visionaries — Carnegie Institute of Technology and Mellon Institute — came together to form Carnegie Mellon University.

That merger is where we came from. But the real story is everything that came after — and everyone who has followed in our founders’ footsteps to become leaders with their own initiatives, creations and ideas.

This year, we honor the foundation that made us who we are today. We pay tribute to the innovations and innovators who have transformed education, our society and our world. We empower our students, alumni, faculty and staff, whose ingenuity will impact our daily lives in ways we cannot yet imagine.

This year, we celebrate the founder in all of us.


Anniversary Weekend

November 10 – 11

Celebrate an era of inventive spirit with a weekend of inspiring events.

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We are the founders.
These are our stories.

From breakthroughs that built institutions to an untold future of revolutionary ideas, these are the people who change the fabric of society.

A storied past of thinking ahead

Explore some of the innovations by the people of Carnegie Mellon during the last five decades.

This timeline represents just a fraction of the thousands of revolutionary CMU milestones. What would you add? Send your personal or CMU milestone to 50@andrew.cmu.edu. Your submission may be included in future updates to the 50th Anniversary website.

Featured events

Female student in lab

Friday, November 10

Founders
Exposition

11:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Friday
11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Saturday
Wiegand Gym

Engage your mind and inspire your soul at this extraordinary interactive demonstration and exhibit. Explore innovations from the last 50 years (and look forward to the next 50) that have changed the world as we know it.

Two students outdoors enjoying life

Friday, November 10

Founders Convocation and Keynote Address

4:30 - 6:00 P.M.
Cohon University Center

Interim President Farnam Jahanian and the Carnegie Mellon University Board of Trustees welcome a keynote presenter (to be announced) and other special guests for a celebration of the founders who shaped CMU into what it is today as well as those who will advance its legacy.

CMU Tartan Football Game

Saturday, November 11

Homecoming Tailgate & Football Game

11:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Gesling Stadium & Tartans Pavilion

Celebrate Homecoming with a tailgate barbecue lunch and family-friendly activities, including a photo booth, Senior Day activities, Veteran’s Day commemoration and the KidZone, before CMU takes on the Case Western Reserve Spartans.

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