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Click play to watch a time-lapse video of the construction project from beginning to end.
Lakeland College formally dedicated the new Sesquicentennial Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 15, as part of the college's homecoming weekend.
A large group that included alumni, current students, faculty and staff, college trustees and other friends braved a gusty wind on an otherwise beautiful day to participate in the program.
The plaza, located just east of Old Main Hall, is part of the main entrance project, which broke ground in April and was completed a few days before Homecoming weekend.
Total cost of the project is $3.3 million, and the college is 15 months into a 36-month, $6.6 million campaign which will cover the cost of the project and raise $3 million for academic scholarships. More than $5.4 million of the $6.6 million total has been raised.
Lakeland President Stephen Gould noted that the plaza is located at the center of the original parcel of land donated by two German farmers that paved the way for the college to be built.
"Lakeland is built on the charity and generosity of others," Gould said. "That's something I'd like everyone to remember, always. Every brick and space on this beautiful campus is there because someone else - a friend of the college, one of its alumni - cared. Lakeland is an institution founded in faith, but sustained by faith's most enduring signs: hope for the future and charity."
To see some photos from the entire construction project, check out our Flickr photo gallery.