From beginning to end, the first Founders’ Day Weekend of the University’s second century celebrated the enduring impact of Mustang generosity and marked the finale to the University’s historic $1.15 billion Second Century Campaign.
“We look forward to celebrating our beginnings at Founders Day each year, but in 2016 we also celebrate a very happy ending – the April 15 finale of the $1.15 billion fundraising campaign that has changed the trajectory of SMU,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “All of the opportunities the campaign has opened for SMU ultimately become community assets that we want to share. We hope our North Texas neighbors will come explore the Hilltop and enjoy Community Day with us.”
We began Friday in "the heart of the University" with the celebration of the donors to the renovation of Fondren Library, followed by the release of the centennial history book. That evening we honored the generous donors and tireless volunteers who are the founders of SMU’s second century at the Campaign Finale, where attendees found their pavers on the new Crain Family Centennial Promenade. The tradition of Sing Song closed out the day.
In addition to the special library and museum events on campus, Saturday's Community Day festivities included hearing our great scholars talk about their cutting-edge work at Inside SMU, family-friendly activities (and the new Salvador Dalí acquisition) at the Meadows Museum and getting to know the 2016 Mustang Football team at the Mustang Fan Fair and spring football game.