Spalding University
Founders’ Day 2020

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Save the date! We are excited to announce that Spalding’s annual Founders’ Day Weekend will be held virtually Thursday, October 1 –                 Sunday, October 4.

See event calendar below for details of all Founders' Day activities and to register.

Each year, Spalding reserves the first weekend of October for gathering its community to honor the selfless contributions of our foundresses. As this year’s Founders’ Day Weekend marks the 100th anniversary of Spalding University’s downtown Louisville campus, there is a great deal to celebrate!

Save the date! We are excited to announce that Spalding’s annual Founders’ Day Weekend will be held virtually Thursday, October 1 – Sunday, October 4.

Each year, Spalding University reserves the first weekend of October for gathering its community to honor the selfless contributions of our foundresses. As this year’s Founders’ Day Weekend marks the 100th anniversary of Spalding University’s downtown Louisville campus, there is a great deal to celebrate!

Join us for these
Founders' Day Events

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Celebrating 100 Years of
Education in Downtown Louisville


On October 4, 1920, five Sisters of Charity of Nazareth welcomed a handful of students to the Tompkins-Buchannan-Rankin Mansion at 851 South Fourth Street for the first classes held at Nazareth College. Dedicating themselves to an enduring tradition of education, service, and compassion, these women succeeded in laying the foundation of today’s Spalding University.
Join us for a special Founders’ Day Weekend as we kick off our Centennial Celebration, reflect upon the remarkable history of our university, and imagine what the next 100 years will hold for our compassionate community of  world-changers.

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Ollie with students

Highlights of the weekend will include:

  • Spalding’s Annual Giving Day
  • A Golden 50th Reunion for the Class of 1970
  • Class Reunions for each Spalding class celebrating a 5- or 10- year reunion (e.g. ‘15, ‘10, ’05, etc.)
  • “Alumni College” with classes taught by SU faculty*
  • Much more to be announced.

To volunteer to help plan your class reunion, contact David Clark at dclark07@spalding.edu.

Stay tuned to the SU Alumni  Facebook and Instagram pages for upcoming announcements about Founders’ Day Weekend activities and events.

Highlights of the weekend will include:

    • Spalding’s Annual Giving Day - October 1
    • Class of 1970 Golden 50th Reunion Medallion Ceremony and Brunch - October 4
    • Class Reunions for each Spalding class celebrating a 5- or 10- year reunion (e.g. ‘15, ‘10, ’05, etc.)
    • “Alumni College”  - mini classes taught by SU faculty and alumni*
    • Much more to be announced.

    To volunteer to help plan your class reunion, contact David Clark at dclark07@spalding.edu.

    Stay tuned to SU Alumni  Facebook and Instagram pages for upcoming announcements about Founders’ Day Weekend activities and events.

    Ollie with students
    * If you have any suggestions for Alumni College course topics that may be of interest to you or fellow alums, please email Chief Advancement Officer Caroline Heine at cheine@spalding.edu.
    “As I try to imagine those early days, I know St. Paul’s reminder to Timothy to ‘bear your share of hardship for the Gospel with the strength that comes from God’ was equally true of the women who dared to open Kentucky’s first four-year, liberal arts college for women. We stand on their shoulders.”
    Miriam Corcoran, SCN