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Mister Rogers

Remembering Rollins’ most beloved alumnus

Everyone’s favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers ’51 ’74H—whose lessons of kindness, responsibility, and community over the past five decades continue to endure—started discovering his purpose while studying music composition at Rollins. Here he learned the importance of relationships, a spark ignited in the intimate, personalized learning environment that became his home. Here he learned how service to others is life’s ultimate calling and that community is the driver of good. It’s this same environment—one rooted in experiential and relational learning—in which we’re preparing the next generation of responsible leaders and global citizens. Our students leave Rollins anchored by the values and ideals modeled by Mister Rogers as they set about to make the world a better place.