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Centennial Eagle Sculpture

On November 3, 2023, MSU added the bronze Centennial Eagle to the Adron Doran University Commons area in a special dedication ceremony for students, alumni, and the surrounding community during the 2023 Homecoming weekend.

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SOAR Higher.

This sculpture commemorates MSU's 100th year as a public institution and its commitment to student success.

MSU alum Ronald "Ron" Cartee (Class of 1965) and the Cartee Family provided a special gift for creating the statue recognizing the University's 100 years as a public institution in Kentucky. World-renowned artist Sam McKinney (Class of 1973, 1992) crafted a bronze Eagle statue honoring MSU's Eagle mascot and the school's commitment to helping students soar higher.

With a wingspan nearly 12 feet wide, McKinney spent a year working on the statue from concept to completion. While he has sculptures and artwork displayed across the country and in other parts of the world, he said it is special to have a piece of himself on the campus that helped shape him as an artist.


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