Founders 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.

2019 Founder's Week

 Monday, March 18


Tuesday, March 19

Lunch on the Main
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Founders stories and lunch for students at the Library Plaza, Library Entrance, Centurium, Founders Monument (Old Sorrel), Old Main and the Sharwan Smith Center.

Wednesday, March 20

Howard R. Driggs Memorial Lecture
11:30 a.m. 

Gilbert Great Hall, Hunter Conference Center
Dr. Bradley J. Cook. 

Founders Dinner & Awards
6:00 p.m.
Gilbert Great Hall, Hunter Conference Center
RSVP to Camaree Staheli or call 435-865-8656
Distinguished Service Awards will be presented Mike Richards and Brad Cook, with Anne Judd being posthumoulsy inducted into the SUU Hall of Honor. 

Thursday, March 21

Brett Young Concert
7:30 p.m.
America First Event Center. Purchase tickets at

Friday, March 22