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Caz College students return to campus

Incoming students walk through Cazenovia College’s campus with their parents on Aug. 23. This year, about 300 new students are beginning their first year at the school as freshman.

Incoming students walk through Cazenovia College’s campus with their parents on Aug. 23. This year, about 300 new students are beginning their first year at the school as freshman. Tasha Johnson

“I’m glad to be back in Cazenovia, to spend the last year of what has been some of the best years of my life,” she said.

Founded in 1824, Cazenovia College originally invited both men and women to attend the school, and grew the student body to 145 in two years. Amid a number of name changes, the institution became known as Cazenovia Seminary in 1894, and also housed classes for local youth before Cazenovia Central High School was built around 1931.

Upon receiving accreditation from the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges in 1961, the school became known as “Cazenovia College for Women.” The name was shortened to Cazenovia College in 1982 when trustees voted to allow men to attend the school.

Today, more than 1,000 part- and full-time students are enrolled at the college, with access to 31 degree programs.

Students will be on campus until early May, with the exception of a month-long winter break. Seniors looking to graduate with the Class of 2013 will receive their degrees during the commencement ceremony on May 18.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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