On 15 September, VSU’s 100th anniversary ceremony took place in the Voronezh concert hall. This unforgettable and remarkable event gathered employees, graduates, veterans, partners, and friends of the university.
The Vice Governor of the Voronezh region, Yury Agibalov, congratulated VSU on the centenary, read out a congratulatory address from the Governor of the Voronezh region, Alexandre Gusev, and awarded the institution with a badge of honour of the Government of the Voronezh region for its educational services, and its large contribution to the social, economic, and cultural development of the Voronezh region.
“My congratulations to the staff, students, and graduates of VSU. It happens that the university is situated where there used to be the Saint Metrophanes Annunciation Cathedral, which used to be a spiritual centre of the Voronezh region. It is great that VSU has secured the tradition of fostering spiritual bonds in the hearts and minds of the young generation,” said Sergiy, the Metropolitan of Voronezh and Liski, in his welcoming speech. He read out an address on behalf of the Honorary Doctor of Voronezh State University, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia.
VSU Rector, Dmitry Endovitsky, also gave a speech:
“Our dear friends, veterans, students, and graduates! I am genuinely glad to see you all in this hall. This is a great honour and privilege to be here and witness the university's centenary. Our university has a complicated history. My dear friends, my warmest congratulations on this holiday. I wish you peace, health, and prosperity. Vivat, my dear VSU!”
The VSU Rector read out a telegram from the Head of the Government of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev. Then, he turned the floor over to the Honorary Doctor of Voronezh State University, the presidents of the Russian Rectors' Union, the Rector of Moscow State University, Viktor Sadovnichy, who in a video message congratulated the audience with the remarkable event.
A special present for VSU’s 100th anniversary was a performance by “Turetsky's choir”.
Voronezh State University is the oldest university in the Central Black Earth region and one of the largest in Russia. It is recognised as a centre of the Russian science and culture and has a unique history. The graduates of the institution work in 90 countries all over the world. Among them are Nobel prize winners, presidents of foreign countries, ministers, diplomatic officials, laureates of national prizes of the USSR and the Russian Federation, full members of academies, scientists, and artists.
Voronezh State University is one of the leading Russian classical universities whose history goes back to Yuriev (Derpt) University which was established in 1802 in Tartu following a decree by Russian Emperor Alexander I. In 1918, it was decided to move it to Voronezh. During the first world war and the second world war, the university went through a lot of trials but it managed to maintain and multiply its research and academic potential. VSU’s anniversary is a significant event both in the city and on the federal level.
On 15 September, the university's students, teachers, and alumni, as well as international guests, marched through the city centre and the reunion meeting for the university’s graduates was held in the main building of the university.
The majority of the festivities took place at Sovetskaya square with lecture centres, workshops, and educational activities, dancing and sports master classes which were organised with the support of MELODIA-Voronezh. Unfortunately, the fireworks display which had been planned to conclude the event, was cancelled due to some technical issues.