Carmen Twillie Ambar

"As we work towards our 150th year, we do so with the intent of building a stronger, more profound community, one prepared for the dynamism of the higher education landscape in the next century. We approach this work knowing that our success is dependent upon gathering old and new partners alike who wish to imagine our future."

President Carmen Twillie Ambar

Class of 1972



September 1
On the Crest of the Future Launch

October 14
Sesquicentennial Golf Outing at Saucon Valley Country Club Visit
[Photo Gallery]


January 19
Official Kick-off of On the Crest of the Future Celebration and Sesquicentennial Faculty Lecture Series
Learn More: Press Release

February 24
Naomi Houser Lecture
Johanna Schwingel, Ph.D. '04
Assistant Professor, Biology
St. Bonaventure University
Illuminating the Way: Using Split-GFP to Dissect Pathways Important for Pseudomonas aeruginosa Virulence and Gaining the Most Out of Your Experiences
4 p.m.
Oberkotter 1
Reception: 3:30 p.m.

March 24
Visualizing Higher Education in 2027
A Conference Exploring the Future of Higher Education

April 21
Faculty Lecture – “#Oceanoptimism: Why It Is Not Too Late,” Presented by John Cigliano, Associate Professor of Biology

Arboretum tour and Earth Day celebration

Cedar Crest Night at the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs

April 30
Launch of special 150th Anniversary edition of Pitch: A Journal of Arts and Literature

May 13
“On the Crest of the Future” Commencement Ceremony and address by Molly Barker, Founder of Girls on the Run
• Send off the Class of 2017
• Parade of Classes
• Alumnae Council Meeting

September 5
150th Anniversary of Cedar Crest College on-campus faculty and staff party

October 5
Reimert lecture with Lisa Ling, journalist and host of CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling (tickets required)

October 13-15
Fall Family Weekend

October 14
Faculty Lecture – “Whence Do Dreams Come? An Exploration of Dreams through the Lens of Philosophy, Literature, and Science,” Presented by Micah Sadigh, Professor and Chair of Psychology

October 19
Crest Society Reception and Scholarship Dinner (invitation only)

October 20-21 - Reunion Weekend

October 20
• 150th Kick-off Celebration Dinner
• Hall of Fame Awards and Reception
• Nursing Department Reception and Presentation by Afaf I. Meleis, Professor of Nursing and Sociology and Dean Emerita, University of Pennsylvania, Penn School of Nursing

October 21
“On the Crest of the Future” Gala, including:
• Onyx & Gold Society Dedication
• Crest Society Reception
• Reception and Gala (sponsorships available)
Learn More: Celebration Reception and Gala

November 1
Unveiling of the Sesquicentennial Memory Book by Jill Odegaard, Associate Professor and Chair of Art

Christmas Dance 1951

Sesquicentennial News

While on the crest of the future, the College reflects on its past success throughout its vibrant history. We celebrate 150 years of timeless friendships, countless memories, inspiring visionaries, fearless leaders and lifelong traditions.

In the year ahead, we invite you to celebrate with us. Share your memories use the hashtag:


On the Crest of the Future
Celebrating 150 years of Cedar Crest College in Pictures

Book Cover

This commemorative book features hundreds of images of Cedar Crest’s history including Traditions, Student Life, Campus Landscapes, Athletics, Performing Arts, Alumnae Relations and more.

Reserve your copy today!
Books will be shipped after April 3, 2017 and will be available for pick up in the Office of Institutional Advancement at that time.

Cost: $20.00
Shipping: PA, NY, NJ:$6.00, Other States:$7.50

150th Anniversary Merchandise Collection

150th Commemorative items on sale in the Campus Bookstore. Stop in or buy online.

Old Sign

Cedar Crest College is 150 years old and she is still leading the way for women

  • 1920s

    Basketball in gym class

  • 1930

    Dorm room in Butz Hall.

  • 1944

    Students headed into the Administration Building

  • 1950

    Hartzel Hall in the snow

  • 1968

    Hanging around on campus!

  • 1979

    Metalsmithing class

  • 1987

    The Buskin Society

  • 1990

    Dorothy Blaney at Reunion

  • 1994

    Student fun at freshman orientation

  • 2007

    Alumnae Reunion

  • 2009

    Cherry Blossom Festival

  • 2015

    SAGE staff at Trunk or Treat

Moments in Time

On the Crest of the Future