About Stanford 125

In 2016, Stanford University celebrated 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.

Stanford 125 events and activities showcased the many ways the university has had a transformative impact in people’s lives and around the world. You can explore this website and read stories about Stanford breakthroughs and campus life. Timelines and other historic features highlight how the university’s teaching and learning enterprise, its campus and culture have changed through the decades.

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 the archive of all 2016 anniversary events.

A limited-edition book Stanford 125: A Visual Exploration is available at the Stanford Bookstore and at local bookstores, featuring images of Stanford today by acclaimed photographer Alex Webb.

Image: Linda A. Cicero/Stanford News Service


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Stanford 125 was produced by the Office of Public Affairs and the Office of University Communications.