DETROIT — Wayne State University is turning 150, and the Detroit school is preparing to kick off a yearlong Sesquicentennial Celebration .

An event next Friday in the Community Arts Auditorium will include a representation of the university’s history through student performances, a commemorative video and a birthday cake for attendees.

Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson says the event offers a chance to “celebrate the scholarship, research, innovation and creativity” during the school’s “first 150 years.”

The Detroit Medical College, a Wayne State predecessor, was founded by five Civil War physicians in 1868.

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