SMU will celebrate its second annual Founders’ Day Weekend April 20-21, 2012, with a variety of events for parents, alumni and friends.

Founders’ Day recognizes the University’s founding in 1911. Held each year on the third Friday in April, this commemoration is an important part of SMU’s centennial. Join us as we celebrate the University’s achievements and future.

The weekend begins Friday, April 20, with a historic, midday groundbreaking of the new Residential Commons complex, a series of five buildings and a new dining hall. This complex is the cornerstone of a new phase of development along the south side of campus near Mockingbird Lane.

Beginning at 2 p.m., Inside SMU offers stimulating classes by professors for parents, alumni and friends. That evening, President R. Gerald Turner will present the President’s Briefing, his annual report on the major events and achievements of the previous year and announcement of plans for future progress. Stay tuned for more details.

You can take part in SMU’s Second Century Celebration:

  • Order SMU: Unbridled Vision: A stunning new picture book showcases the beauty of campus.
  • Leave your mark: Honor your student’s time on the Hilltop in the new SMU Centennial Promenade. With a $100 gift your student or family will be recognized with an etched paver on the Centennial Promenade, to be constructed for the 100th anniversary of SMU’s opening in 2015.
  • Visit Centennial Hall: The interactive exhibition is in Hughes-Trigg Student Center.