On the 25th of April, a celebration commemorating the 15th anniversary of Kujawy and Pomorze University in Bydgoszcz took place.
The celebration started at 9 o’clock with a Holy Mass in st. Marcin and Mikołaj’s Cathedral, celebrated by Bishop Jan Tyrawa, Ordinary of Bydgoszcz Diocese. After the Mass, KPU Authorities, together with KPU staff and students, escorted by a 50-people Wind Instruments Orchestra from Koronowo Culture Center, marched to the Old Town and laid a wreath under the monument of Combat and Martyrdom. Next, they went to the Fish Market where they boarded a pleasure boat and traveled to KPU’s main seat in Toruńska street accompanied by a parade of Dragon Boats, motorboats and kayaks from the Zawisza Sport Club.
At 11.00 the official celebrations in Auditorium Maximum started. The Rector of Kujawy and Pomorze University, Prof. Helena Czakowska, PhD welcomed all guests, as well as employees and students of KPU, including Bishop Jan Tyrawa, Grażyna Ciemniak – member of Parliament, Jan Szopiński and Kazimierz Drozd – vice Chairmen of the City Council, Henryk Pawlina – the Head of Representatives of the Marshal’s Office, Łukasz Niedźwiecki – vice President of the City of Bydgoszcz, Piotr Kozłowski – Advisor of the Provincial Governor, dr. Jerzy Kasprzak – Chief Sanitary Inspector, Tomasz Pietraszak – Director of Polish Television in Bydgoszcz, as well as representatives of the Statistics Office, Penitentiary, Rectors of other Universities in Bydgoszcz and guests from abroad.
The welcoming ceremony was followed by a speech of Roman Czakowski MA – the President of Kujawy and Pomorze University, devoted to the history of Kujawy and Pomorze University – its establishment in the year 2000 and the following development.
During the celebration numerous distinctions and prizes were awarded, among them Bene Meritus, Sapientiae Servientes, occasional medals and Letters of Thanks. The celebration was honored by a short concert of the Wind Instruments Orchestra from Koronowo mentioned above, directed by bandmaster Mirosław Kordowski, PhD. The young musicians received a standing ovation.
The Rector and the President of KPU, assisted by the invited guests and Senators planted a Jubilee Oak Tree – a symbol of the firm position of the University, and representing the power of wisdom, serving which is the mission of Kujawy and Pomorze University in Bydgoszcz.
After the official celebration, an International Jubilee Picnic started. Beautiful weather and a program full of attractions magnetized a huge number of people. As the program was designed to suit various tastes and desires, the youngest participant was a one-year-old girl Aleksandra, and the oldest – a ninety-year-old man.
Among the numerous attractions available to people taking part in the Inernational Picnic, there were some, like the pleasure boat cruise, decoupage workshop, full of attractions Children Zone, dance show and a balloon sword battle, that were particularly attractive for the public.
The hungry and the thirsty had an opportunity to try traditional Polish pea soup, as well as grilled sausages. There was also a special Jubilee Cake and a tasting of Turkish and Ukrainian Cuisine.
It is worth mentioning that all the attractions listed above were free and everyone was welcome at the Jubilee Celebrations.