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Lincoln Hall Rededication

wreath on Lincoln Hall

This ceremony—on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday—was held exactly 100 years to the day of the building’s original dedication. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites you to watch this historic event that took place in Lincoln Hall Theater on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.



Ruth V. Watkins, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Christopher G. Kennedy, Chair, University of Illinois Board of Trustees

The Honorable Pat Quinn, Governor, State of Illinois

Jim Underwood, Executive Director, Illinois Capital Development Board

Peter O’Brien, Chair, Illinois Capital Development Board

Robert A. Easter, President, University of Illinois

Phyllis M. Wise, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting

The platform party will cut a ribbon onstage, with the assistance of the Lincoln Scholars.

University of Illinois Black Chorus

Ollie Watts Davis, Conductor

  • “Nancy Hanks”
  • “Illinois”
Closing Remarks

Ruth V. Watkins

1913 Dedication

program In 1913, the original dedication drew presidents of the major American universities of that time, plus local and state politicians. Even classes were canceled so every student could attend the tribute to "the finest monument thus far erected to Abraham Lincoln in the country," according to U of I President Edmund James. See the programs distributed at Lincoln Hall’s dedication ceremony a century ago.