About the Center at Celebration
In September 2001, Stetson University opened the $7.2 million Center at Celebration in Celebration, Florida.
The Stetson University Center at Celebration offers graduate programs in business administration, marriage and family therapy, school counseling, and education, with courses in professional development for educators and information technology, as well as lifelong learning opportunities for mature adults. The Center also includes state-of-the-art facilities for business case studies, a Family Counseling Center, and an Educational Training Center.
The 36,000-square-foot facility is located on 1.1 acres at 800 Celebration Avenue in downtown Celebration, across from the K-8 Celebration School and Founder's Park.
In order to provide a recognizable icon for both Celebration and for Stetson University, the New York architectural firm, Deamer and Phillips, designed a semi-circular building that features a continuous facade, avoiding front, back, and side distinctions. The architects blended the center's design with bordering wetlands, which have been carefully preserved. With a window in every classroom, the pristine wetlands provide an excellent view for faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Shades of wetland green are incorporated into the center's interior and complement the exterior.
Stetson University's involvement with Celebration began in 1992, when faculty members provided direction and leadership in the development of Osceola County's Celebration School, which opened in 1996. The Stetson University Center at Celebration works with the public Celebration School in a professional development consortium with Johns Hopkins University, the University of Central Florida, and Auburn University.
About Stetson University
As Florida's first private university, Stetson University serves undergraduate and graduate students at its main campus in DeLand and more than 700 at the College of Law in Gulfport. Stetson consistently ranks among the Southeast's top regional universities in the annual "America's Best Colleges" edition of U.S. News and World Report. A comprehensive university committed to undergraduate and graduate teaching, Stetson emphasizes faculty-student research and offers distinctive programs in law, business, music, and the arts and sciences. A Stetson University hallmark is the incorporation of values, ethics, and social responsibility into education.
Celebration is an innovative new community that successfully combines architecture, education, health, and technology to promote a strong sense of community. Founded in 1994, Celebration is home to approximately 8,000 residents, two Osceola County public schools, an 18-hole public golf course, parks and recreation areas, a medical center, and a downtown with more than 20 shops and restaurants.