Gallery: Olin Centennial Gala — April 21, 2017

It was a once-in-a-century celebration. From festivities feting the 2017 Distinguished Alumni and all previous honorees, to an explosion of fireworks on Mudd Field, Olin’s Centennial Celebration Gala was a night to remember. The evening began with the Distinguished Alumni Awards, where Dean Mark Taylor welcomed more than 700 guests and Olin Alumni Board President Alex Borchert served as Master of Ceremonies. Video tributes and introductions to each awardee were viewed before they accepted the Distinguished Alumni honor. Former Dean Mahendra Gupta and his wife Sunita Gharg received the Dean’s Medal. Chancellor Wrighton addressed the audience before the unveiling of a final video outlining Dean Taylor’s vision for Olin’s second century.

The celebration continued on all three levels of the Atrium, which had been transformed into an extraordinary event space by lights, candles, and a 12 foot by 40 foot digital wall displaying 100 years of history in words, video, and archival photos. Live music and food stations, serving everything from sushi to bangers and mash, were enjoyed by several generations of alumni, professors, staff, and friends of Olin.

Click image to expand. Photos by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

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