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Founders Day

Founders Day GVSU Est. 1960

Founders Day GVSU Est. 1960

Date and Time

Friday, October 25, 2019
All Day


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Founders Day is celebrated each year on October 25, the day the university was chartered by the State of Michigan in 1959.

One thing that makes Grand Valley special is our origin story. There isn’t another university with a story like ours. It involved high hopes, hard work, and a group of dedicated community members who saw the need for a public university in West Michigan. 

We celebrate this day by remembering and supporting the university in honor of the nearly 300 individuals in the West Michigan community who rallied support and met the state’s $1 million challenge to establish Grand Valley.

We made it happen, and the rest is history.

This year’s celebration includes:

  • Flags representing each founder on the Allendale and downtown campuses.
  • Cash Cab-style GVSU Trivia from 10am-3pm on Allendale's campus and Route 50 - come find us!
  • Rick Gillett, son of founder Dick Gillett, will participate in a panel discussion at 1pm on Saturday, October 26 during the GVSU Through the Years Luncheon. The event is open to all alumni and students and is LIB100 approved. RSVP to join us!
  • This year we kick off a campus-wide giving day, raising funds for first generation students. Show your support and give today!



Heather Rowan
University Development



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