The SMU community celebrated the George W. Bush Presidential Center April 19 as part of Founders’ Day Weekend activities and joined in the festivities surrounding the Center’s dedication April 25. These historic campus events attracted worldwide press coverage and helped further raise the University’s profile with a global audience.
The SMU community welcomed the George W. Bush Presidential Center to the Hilltop during Founders’ Day festivities April 19. (L-R) Student Body Vice President Elect Jaywin Singh Malhi ’14 holding a resolution of welcome from the SMU Board of Trustees; Student Body Secretary Elect Katherine Ladner ’14 holding a book of 100 student letters to the former president and first lady; former President Bush; Student Body President Alex Mace ’13; and Student Body President Elect Ramón Trespalacios ’14 holding a street sign signifying the renaming of Dublin Street and a section of Airline Road, directly west of the Bush Center, as Bush Avenue.
SMU and the George W. Bush Presidential Center hosted a block party the evening of April 25 to celebrate the Bush Center’s dedication. Festivities included fireworks patterned in a celebratory “W” that filled the sky above the Center.
The Spring/Summer issue of SMU Magazine will feature extensive coverage of the Founders’ Day celebration welcoming the Bush Presidential Center, the dedication ceremony and festivities surrounding these historic events.
Please visit smu.edu for links to:
- Bush Center dedication slide show
- SMU Block Party slide show
- Dedication ceremony video
- Media coverage of dedication
- Welcoming ceremony slide show
- Bush Center website
- Planning your visit to the Center
- Other resources
Did You Know?
Between April 19 and May 3, more than 1.1 million media stories worldwide mentioned SMU as the home of the George W. Bush Presidential Center – news coverage that has an estimated ad equivalency value of $184 million.