SMU centennial kicks into high gear with Founders’ Day celebration

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SMU begins a new tradition with the 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. The attractions include a performance by the Mustang Band, the raising of the Centennial Flag, and the opportunity to sign a giant birthday card for the University.

The day’s activities also 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.

Also scheduled is Relay for Life, the SMU student body’s largest annual philanthropy event, which supports the American Cancer Society. The Relay takes place 5:30 p.m.-5:30 a.m. April 15-16 on Bishop Boulevard. For more information, call 214-768-4405.

In addition, the University will welcome back alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago for the annual Golden Mustang reunion.

From 9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, SMU celebrates with its neighbors as the gold sponsor of the annual University Park Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt in Goar Park, 3800 University Boulevard. Peruna and the Easter Bunny will make special appearances, in addition to other family activities. The University also will provide special SMU giveaways. For more information, call 214-987-5488.

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. Sunday, April 17, and continues each night through Tuesday, April 26.

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.

> RSVP and find a complete schedule at the Founders’ Day Weekend homepage
> Learn more about the SMU Centennial at the Second Century Celebration website

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