The College of Charleston celebrated its 250th birthday Thursday with a day of festivities. An afternoon event in a colorfully decorated Cistern Yard gathered hundreds while the College’s own Chucktown Sound and cheerleading squad performed.
“We are extraordinary, not because we are old, but we are old because we are extraordinary.” President Hsu began his speech making sure to thank the city of Charleston for its essential role in the evolution of the College.
President Hsu acknowledged the complexity of celebrating the College’s anniversary when much of its past was intertwined with a dark history of slavery and racism, but that it is necessary to “tell our full story, warts and all,” President Hsu said.
“We cannot change all of the bad in our past, but we can, individually and collectively change our present and our future,” Hsu said. He mentioned an earlier ceremony presenting Founders’ Medals to people and organizations that represent the College. Kindness, love, and wisdom make us free, Hsu stressed, so that “future generations will say of us that history was made here.”
After a round of applause, President Hsu cut the cake resembling Randolph Hall as a massive screen played clips of students, faculty, and alumni from across the world wishing the College a happy birthday. “There’s no better time to be a part of the College than right now,” President Hsu