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, and read Fae Decker Dix's poem Tribute To the Founders

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.

2025 Founders Week

Monday, March 24


Tuesday, March 25

Memorial Lecture
11:30 a.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall, Hunter Alumni Center.  Tradition Keeper


Wednesday, March 26

Lunch on the Main
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Old Main, ELC Plaza, Library Plaza, Centurium, Founders Monument, Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), and the Sharwan Smith Center Rotunda. Enjoy food and stories from SUU's founding. Tradition Keeper

Thursday, March 27

Founders Awards Banquet
6:30 p.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall, Hunter Alumni Center.

Friday, March 28

Red Friday
All-day. Wear Red and show your T-Bird pride. Tradition Keeper. 

Saturday, March 29