SMU’s Board of Trustees has passed a resolution establishing the Second Century Celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the University’s founding and opening. January 1, 2011 was designated as the start of the celebration period, running through 2015. SMU was founded in 1911 and opened in 1915.
At its December 3 meeting, the Board of Trustees also established SMU Founders’ Day, designated as the third Friday in April each year in recognition of the visionary institutions, organizations and individuals that founded the University on April 17, 1911. Founders’ Day in 2011 will be celebrated on April 15.
Founders’ Day each spring will include Inside SMU, featuring a day of classes by SMU faculty for alumni, parents and friends. Historical exhibits that chronicle the century of SMU’s development and contributions to Dallas and society will be displayed on campus throughout the celebration years.
In photo: Construction of Dallas Hall began in 1912. The first building on the SMU campus, it was designed by the architectural firm Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge. The building’s architectural style was particularly influenced by Thomas Jefferson’s interpretation of the Roman Pantheon.