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Students take to the arena floor during the Western Illinois University Quad-Cities Campus commencement ceremony at the iWireless Center in Moline on Sunday, May 14, 2017. The commencement was shared by graduate and undergraduate recipients.

Andy Abeyta, QUAD-CITY TIMES

Western Illinois University Quad-Cities campus will celebrate Founders' Day Tuesday, Sept. 26, in honor of the 1899 bill that established the university, which was then called Western Illinois State Normal School.

The celebration will begin with a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Rock Island County Board Community Room in Riverfront Hall on the WIU-QC campus. A program will follow at 8 a.m.

Kirk Dillard, WIU Alumnus Class of 1977, former state senator and chair of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board of Directors will be the guest speaker.

The event is free and open to the public.

Founders' Day, which began in 1994, celebrates the beginning of the University that evolved from the Western Illinois Normal and Training School with 229 students to today's university, which offers a comprehensive curriculum to nearly 10,000 students.

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