WINTER PARK, Fla. — Rollins College is welcoming back to campus this month a new neighbor with a familiar face.
A 7-foot-tall, 3,000-pound statue of Mister Rogers, honoring beloved alumnus Fred McFeely Rogers, will be unveiled on campus on Oct. 29.
“This inspirational sculpture will be a permanent reminder of the ideals and values modeled by Mister Rogers as he set out to make the world a better place,” said Rollins President Grant Cornwell. “This tribute will reinforce the quest for empathy, acceptance and kindness so needed in our society today.”
On Friday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m., visitors to the campus can view the sculpture and meet the artist Paul Day and John Rogers, Fred’s son.
The 360-degree sculpture is located in the Chapel Garden courtyard next to the Annie Russell Theatre.
The new sculpture is now the fifth stop on Rollins’ Mister Rogers Walking Tour, which will be available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning on Friday, Oct. 29 and running through Nov. 23.