march, 2016

02mar(mar 2)4:00 pm03(mar 3)11:00 pmFounders Day Celebration

Event Details

This year, as the University embarks on a journey of campuswide transformation under the leadership of Chancellor Rebecca Chopp, we are taking this moment in time to re-imagine one of our most time-honored traditions. Each year, we commemorate the founding of our University on March 5, 1864 with an event that gives us cause to reflect on our past and look toward to our future. New for 2016, we will expand this observance with a celebration that spans two days and invites the entire DU community to participate.

This Founders Celebration affords four opportunities for the University community to gather together and commemorate this important occasion.


A showcase of our stellar faculty and academic excellence that invites attendees to experience the excitement of new ideas in a brief-and-brilliant format with an elegant reception to follow that creates a welcoming space for lively discussion.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Cable Center – Grand Hall
4:00 – 6:30 p.m.


A time for all students, faculty and staff to connect at a casual lunch, learn more about each other and recognize our shared values and culture.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Driscoll Ballroom
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


A festive event where we will honor Robert & Judi Newman and Donald L. (LLB ’58) & Susan M. Sturm with the inaugural Founders Medal, the University’s highest non-academic honor awarded to individuals and families whose transformative leadership and engaged philanthropy represent the pinnacle of DU’s mission and values. Additionally, Andrew C. Taylor (BSBA ’70, HDR ’01), the CEO of Enterprise and a DU alumnus, will receive the Evans Award, the highest honor given to an alum of the university, for outstanding achievement in his profession, humanitarian service in his community and demonstrated continuing interest in the University.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel – Plaza Ballroom
5:30 – 10:00 p.m.


Reception and dance for students and young alumni to celebrate the founding of the University hosted by the Office of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence, and the Office of the Provost.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Ritchie Center – Magness Arena
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.


2 (Wednesday) 4:00 pm - 3 (Thursday) 11:00 pm


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