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.

2023 Founders Week 

Monday, March 27

Details TBA


Tuesday, March 28

Festival of Excellence
All day at various campus locations. This annual one-day event is dedicated to celebrating scholarship in all forms. See the schedule.  


Wednesday, March 29

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.


Thursday, March 30

Howard R. Driggs Memorial Lecture
11:30 a.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall, Hunter Alumni Center.
Power of Place will tell the remarkable story of five individuals whose vision, dedication, and work shaped the University into the place it is today. The five include: Howard R. Driggs, Burch Mann, Randall L. Jones, Anne Judd, and Walter Granger. FREE and open to all. 

Founders Awards Banquet
6:30 p.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall, Hunter Alumni Center. 
Honorees include the Paiute Tribe of Utah and retired Justice of the Peace Margaret Miller. 


Friday, March 31

SUU Softball vs Stephen F. Austin
1:00 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Kathryn Berg Field. 


Saturday, April 1

Details TBA