Founders Week - SUU's Birthday Celebration

To all who have come to love Southern Utah University, the story of the founding of the institution has long stood as a source of pride and of inspiration. It is a story of heroism and selflessness, and serves as a constant reminder of the precious value of higher education. Watch the docudrama Back Up the Mountain.

Each March, our Founders Celebration salutes our rich past and promising future with a variety of events. Importantly, it pays tribute to the steadfast and visionary men and women who sacrificed greatly to establish the institution and to the enduring spirit of those founders, as it honors, as well, those who have devoted comparable service to the building of the University over many decades.

Learn more about Celebrating 125 years of SUU.

2022 Founders Week 

Monday, March 21

Tony's Night
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall, Hunter Alumni Center. Watch re-creations of student favorite theatre scenes. Sponsored by the SUU Student Association.


Tuesday, March 22

Howard R. Driggs Memorial Lecture
Dr. Allen C. Guelzo will present "Ten True Lies About Abraham Lincoln."
11:30 a.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall, Hunter Alumni Center.
Learn more about Howard R. Driggs.

Indigenous Cultural Showcase
3:30 p.m. in the Living Room, Sharwan Smith Student Center. Sponsored by the SUU Native American Student Association. 


Wednesday, March 23

Lunch on the Main
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Old Main, ELC Plaza, Library Plaza, Business Building Patio, Founders Monument and the Sharwan Smith Center Rotunda. Enjoy food and stories from SUU's founding.


Thursday, March 24

Wood You Like to Be a Lumberjack?
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Upper Quad. Axe throwing, wood burning, wood chopping and beard contest. Sponsored by the SUU Student Association.

Founders Awards Banquet
6:30 p.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall, Hunter Alumni Center. 
Fred C. Adams will postumously receive the Presidential Medallion of Service and Tom & Carolyn Higbee will receive Distinguished Service Awards. Watch the livestream here.


Friday, March 25

SUU's 125th Birthday Bash
7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sharwan Smith Student Center, with a dance from 9:30 p.m. to Midnight in the America First Event Center. Live music, food, activities and much more! Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to attend. 



Saturday, March 26

SUU Softball vs. University of Northern Colorado
Noon, Kathryn Berg Field.

SUU Basketball vs. Portland
4 p.m. in the America First Event Center. Enjoy March Madness right here in Cedar City as our Thunderbird Men's Basketball Team hosts the University of Portland (WCC Conference) in the quarterfinals of the The Basketball Classic. Purchase tickets at or by calling (435) 586-7872.