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Kedzie Reunion

Plans are underway to recognize the 50-year class, those who graduated from MSU in 1973, with several special opportunities available during Homecoming week, Sept. 18-23. More details are forthcoming.

The MSU Alumni Office presents the Kedzie Cane Award to both the oldest male and female in attendance at the Kedzie Reunion. 

The Kedzie Cane, also known as the “Kedzie Old-Timers Stick,” is a tradition that dates back to 1931. It was in that year that former president, Frank S. Kedzie, donated a cane that was previously owned by his father, Robert Clark Kedzie. The cane itself is 37 inches long, features intricate carvings and is made from coffee wood. Starting in 1929 at the suggestion of Dr. Kedzie, MSU began hosting an event called the Patriarchs Luncheon for alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago. It was at the third annual Patriarchs Luncheon that the cane was presented to the oldest living alumnus in attendance, Daniel Strange, class of 1867.