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125th Anniversary Celebration

125 Celebration Logo Join the celebration! Chico State turned 125 years old in 2012-13, and we are proud to be the second oldest state university campus in California. We used the the occasion to highlight some of our outstanding contributions to the region and state; showcase our amazing faculty, staff, students, and alumni; and invite friends and friends in the making to our beautiful campus. And the celebration isn't over—we are marking the occasion through the 125th anniversary of the first Chico Normal School graduation ceremony.

Chico State started with a gift. In 1887, John Bidwell, founder of the City of Chico, donated eight acres of his cherry orchard so California could have a college in the north part of the state. His generosity and foresight has made it possible for thousands of students to come to Chico State and transform their lives. And his little teacher’s school has grown into the sixth ranked comprehensive public university in the West.

Whether you’re a Chico State alumnus or just love Chico, you know that riding a bicycle is a big part of life in Chico. In honor of its 125th Anniversary, Chico State created 125 commemorative bicycles that any alum, student, or friend would love to own. Not only that, proceeds from the sale of the Wildcat Cruiser™ are directed to scholarship funds to support students. Just one look is all it takes to see that this is no ordinary cruiser bike. Built to last, the Wildcat Cruiser is reminiscent of bikes that paperboys (and girls) once rode. Its classic style and state-of-the-art quality make this not just a special bicycle, but a true icon of The Chico Experience.

Take a few minutes and visit the different pages of this anniversary website. Participate in our special events and activities. You are only 125 years old once!

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