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Celebrating 60 Years of Semester at Sea

For six decades, Semester at Sea has been more than just an educational program; it has been a transformative journey that has enriched the lives of over 70,000 students, faculty, staff, and Lifelong Learners.

On Sunday, October 22nd we will celebrate Founders’ Day and the milestone of our 60th Anniversary!

This is a perfect time to reflect on the program’s history, impact, and the countless stories of personal growth and global understanding that have emerged from this unique educational experience.

Here’s How You Can Celebrate With Us

Attend our 60th Anniversary Celebration Event

Join us for our 60th Anniversary Celebration with a keynote lecture by Guggenheim Fellow and best-selling author Rachel Louise Snyder! The Semester at Sea alum, whose new memoir Women We Buried, Women We Burned was recently featured in the Washington Post and New York Times Review of Books, will anchor a Thursday, Oct. 19, celebration at 5:30 p.m. in the Lory Theatre on the campus of Colorado State University. 

If you can’t join us in person, the event will be live-streamed beginning at 5:30 pm MST on our YouTube Channel.

Participate in an Alumni Chapter Event

Celebrate the spirit of Semester at Sea with fellow alumni local to your area! From happy hours and social gatherings to charitable initiatives and virtual events, there are countless opportunities to connect with alumni near and far!

Share Your SAS Story

Stay tuned on our social channels this month for opportunities to reflect on memories from your own Semester at Sea voyage! Share photos and wear your favorite SAS gear for Founders’ Day on Sunday, October 22.

Give the Gift of Semester at Sea

In the spirit of celebrating 60 remarkable years of global education, the Institute for Shipboard Education is thrilled to announce the launch of the 60th Anniversary Endowed Access Fund.

The Semester at Sea 60th Anniversary Endowed Access Fund is a testament to our unwavering dedication to inclusive education. Through this fund, we aim to provide financial support to deserving students who dream of joining our voyages but face financial constraints. Your contributions will directly fund scholarships, travel grants, and resources that will open doors to a world of opportunities for these students. We invite you to join us on this incredible journey by supporting our goal to raise $600,000 by December 31, 2023.

Looking Ahead to the Next 60 Years of SAS

Six decades of exploration, learning, and cultural immersion have brought us to this remarkable milestone, and it is our privilege to share it with you.

This celebration isn’t just about the past; it’s a bridge to the future, a time to reflect on the transformative experiences that have shaped us and to envision the next 60 years of Semester at Sea. Join us as we come together to share memories and embrace the legacy of our incredible program while forging a path toward the next 60 years of SAS still ahead!


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