Alumni from around the globe gathered at Dallas Hall for fireworks and a giant birthday card as SMU celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding on the University’s Main Quadrangle. The event was the first of several scheduled for SMU’s Founders’ Day Weekend, April 15-17, 2011.

The April 15 event, complete with proclamations and resolutions, also officially launched the University’s multiyear Second Century Celebration, commemorating the centennial of the University’s founding in 1911 and its opening in 1915. Founders’ Day, designated as the third Friday in April of each year, recognizes the filing of the University’s charter on April 17, 1911.

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> See images from the lighting of the Dallas Hall dome, ongoing each night through April 26 slideshow