In honor of its first 100 years, SMU will inaugurate a special day on the Hilltop with its first Founders’ Day Weekend celebration April 15-17, 2011.
The festivities begin Friday, April 15 with a Centennial Celebration at 1:30 p.m. on the Main Quad. Activities include the extremely popular Inside SMU program, an afternoon of adult classes for alumni, parents and friends taught by SMU faculty, as well as the 2011 President’s Briefing.
For 10 evenings, representing SMU’s 10 decades, the dome of Dallas Hall will be lit in honor of the citizens of Dallas who provided the funds for SMU’s first building. The first lighting begins at 7 p.m. April 15 and continues each night through April 24.
Also scheduled is Relay for Life, the SMU student body’s largest annual philanthropy event, which supports the American Cancer Society. In addition, the University will welcome back alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago for the annual Golden Mustang reunion.
Designated as the third Friday in April each year, the day recognizes “the visionary institutions, organizations and individuals that founded the University on April 17, 1911,” according to the SMU 100 website.
The University will mark the 100-year anniversaries of its founding in 1911 and its opening in 1915 during The Second Century Celebration.