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UNLV Marks 60th Anniversary Week with Campus Birthday Party, State of the University Address

President Jessup’s annual State of the U Sept. 14 will celebrate UNLV’s past, present, and future; student-led 60th Birthday Party is Sept. 12.
Campus News  |  Sep 6, 2017  |  By UNLV Media Relations
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UNLV turns 60 this fall – Sept. 10 to be exact – and a host of activities are planned throughout the semester to highlight our university’s rich history and its incredible transformation into a premier urban research institution.

Next up is 60th Anniversary Week and the community is invited to attend the student-led birthday celebration Sept. 12 (with cake) and listen to UNLV President Len Jessup’s vision for the future at his annual State of the University Address Sept. 14.

For a complete list of 60th Anniversary events, visit

UNLV 60th Birthday Party

When: Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Pida Plaza, outside the Student Union

Join the student-led Rebel Events Board for UNLV’s 60th Birthday Party. During the spirit rally portion of the event from 2 p.m. to 2:30, President Jessup and event organizers will share remarks and cut the 60th-themed red velvet birthday cake alongside members of the UNLV band and pom team.

Arrive early for a slice of birthday cake, grab a picture in the photo booth and take part in the afternoon celebration.

President Jessup’s State of the University Address

When: Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, 2:30 pm. to 4 p.m.

Where: Judy Bayley Theatre, near Maryland Parkway and Cottage Grove Avenue

Media: Interview opportunities with President Jessup will be available immediately following the address.

UNLV President Len Jessup will deliver his annual State of the University address to kick off the new academic year on campus and mark UNLV’s 60th anniversary celebration. During his address, Jessup will highlight campus achievements, provide updates on key initiatives and activities, and share his vision for the university’s future.

Len Jessup began his tenure as UNLV’s 10th president in January 2015. Since then, the university has finalized a strategic plan to join the ranks of the nation’s top tier public research universities through a commitment to research, student achievement and community impact. In 2017 the university launched a new UNLV School of Medicine, celebrated a record year for fundraising, boosted both research awards and expenditures, and strengthened its commitment to community engagement.