In 2016, Stanford University celebrates the 125th anniversary of its opening on October 1, 1891. Founded by Jane and Leland Stanford in honor of their son Leland Jr., Stanford today is a global leader in teaching, research and discovery.
Events and activities over the coming year will highlight the many ways the university has had a transformative impact in people’s lives and around the world. Explore this website and read stories of Stanford breakthroughs and student life. See how the campus, culture, and ways of learning have changed over time by walking through historic features. Stay tuned for further stories as the year unfolds.
In fall 2015, the first anniversary symposium, Thinking Big About Learning, showcased Stanford leaders speaking to a full house about their current work in education and research. In February 2016, Celebrating Founders featured a panel of Stanford alumni who have contributed to the world by founding a new organization. Visit Events for event videos and more information.
A limited-edition book Stanford 125: A Visual Exploration is now available, featuring images of Stanford today by acclaimed photographer Alex Webb.
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