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Flagler College 50th Anniversary

Celebrating the Trailblazer Spirit

1968 has been called a “year that changed everything.” 

It certainly changed the lives of those students who were the first to attend a small college founded in the nation’s oldest city. Flagler College opened its doors to women that Fall, and since then, has seen 18,000 alumni walk through its doors and out into the world.

Throughout its 50 years, Flagler College has seen a lot of change as the campus grew from its centerpiece, the Hotel Ponce de Leon, now a National Historic Landmark, and Markland House, to the most recent addition of Abare Hall, part of $23 million complex on the San Sebastian River. 

One thing that has remained constant is the spirit of the students that choose to attend Flagler. These trailblazers embody the ideals of Henry Flagler through their entrepreneurial ideas, their vision for a better world, their desire to make their own history.  

As we honor the College’s milestone year, we invite you to join us in “Celebrating the Trailblazer Spirit” by joining us for exciting events, lectures, and activities throughout the year leading up to Alumni Weekend in Spring 2019.

We hope to see you at these following events and invite you to check back for more events as they’re added later in the year.

50 Objects 

The story of Flagler College's first 50 years told through the people, places, and things that shaped it. To see the full list of objects, visit:

50th Anniversary Events

Upcoming Events

MAY 2019


Date: May 16-19th
Time: All day
Location: Campus, Beaches

Attention Alumni: join us this Alumni Weekend as we celebrate the College's 50th Anniversary. For more information or to register for Alumni Weekend activities please visit: 

Alumni Weekend 

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Past Events

July 2018

The opening of the 50th Anniversary Exhibit- "Flagler 50: Celebrating a College and a Preservation Legacy, 1968-2018" 

View the event photos

Date: July 6th through May 30th, 2019
Time: All day
Location: Ponce de Leon Hall

September 2018 

Founder’s Day Student Celebration

Date: September 26
Time: All day
Location: West Lawn, Alumni House, Abare Commons

October 2018 

Faculty 20/20 Presentations

Transformative experiences: Flagler College at 50

Join the Flagler community for faculty research presentations that reflect on Flagler College’s history. Speakers will include Dr. Ed McGinley, Dr. Michele Gregiore, Dr. Leslee Keys, Dr. Reena Ahuja, Dr. Angi Semegon, Dr. Mike Butler, and Jill Dawson.

Date: October 17
Time: 5 pm
Location: Auditorium

November 2018 

Campus Open House 

Hotel Ponce de Leon, Solarium, Pollard Hall, Hanke Hall, Markland House, WFCF Radio Station, Alumni House, and more historic buildings are open to the public.

Date: November 3
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Location: Hotel Ponce de Leon, Pollard Hall, Hanke Hall, Markland House, WFCF Radio Station, Alumni House

Musical: "All Shook Up"

A musical based on the music of Elvis Presley, with a special performance by Justin Matthew Sargent (Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, Rock of Ages) on Nov 7-10.

Schedule of Performances:
   November 7-11 @ 7:30 pm
   November 11 @ 2:00 pm
Location: Auditorium

December 2018

Harvey E. Oyer III Book Reading

Harvey E. Oyer III author of The Adventures of Charlie Pierce children’s book series, presentation, signing and book reading.

Date: December 1
Time: 11 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Lewis Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public 

Reading, Activities and Chick-Fil-A Lunch

Date: December 1
Time: 12:30 pm - 2 pm
Location: Markland House & Solarium

Free Event. Reservation required by emailing or calling 904-826-8572 by November 27th

January 2019

Alumni Baseball Game

Date: January 19
Time: 1 pm
Location: Drysdale Field

February 2019

50th Anniversary Gala

Date: February 21
Time: 6pm
Location: Lewis Auditorium
This event is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, please email
Parking will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the Lewis Lot (located behind Lewis Hall, 10 Valencia Street) and the Markland Lot (21 Markland Place). If you are mobility impaired, please contact for accommodations.

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