September 22, 2023

30th Annual Founders' Day Celebration
Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Sherman Hall 3rd floor auditorium
Description: Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are invited to celebrate the founding of Western at the 30th annual Founders' Day Celebration at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22 in the Sherman Hall Auditorium, third floor., where classes were held for the first time 121 years ago.

The 2023 Founders' Day Celebration will begin with the ceremonial bell ringing by Rick VanEtten, great-grandson of Edwin DeCamp, who first rang the bell Sept. 23, 1902 to signal the start of classes at Western Illinois State Normal School.

President Guiyou Huang will speak, as will Provost Manoochehr Zoghi and Board of Trustees Vice Chair Greg Aguilar. Former Macomb Mayor Tom Carper will present "A Talk with the Founders Today." [Rain location: Sherman Hall Auditorium]. The event will be live-streamed at An informal reception will be held immediately following in the Admissions Welcome Center, Sherman Hall first floor.

"I'm so excited to be celebrating another Founders' Day with you," Huang said. "It's a great day to be a Leatherneck, and it's a great day to celebrate Western's longstanding mission of providing an accessible quality education to all."
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