Florida Tech’s Sept. 22 Community Fireworks Celebrate 60th Anniversary

Sep 21, 2018


Florida Tech will light up the night Sept. 22 in recognition of the university’s 60th anniversary.

An 8 p.m. Founders Day fireworks display is set for Olin Quad, just off University Boulevard between Babcock Street and Country Club Road. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Free ice cream and other giveaways are planned.

Florida Tech began its existence with its first classes held Sept. 22, 1958, as Brevard Engineering College. Founded by space center scientist Jerry Keuper, the “night school for missilemen” was originally designed to offer graduate degrees for Cape Canaveral workers. The nonprofit, private university has since rocketed to global acclaim, honored as the #1 national university for international diversity. The university annually serves nearly 10,000 students at the Melbourne campus, at extended studies sites across the country and online. More than 60,000 alumni live around the world. The university routinely earns prestigious rankings from groups including U.S. News & World ReportTimes Higher Education and Fiske Guide to Colleges.

The fireworks display is being coordinated by Zambelli Fireworks, one of the largest fireworks companies in the world. More event information is available at https://www.fit.edu/60-years/.