“Forward is our driving spirit …”“On, Wisconsin” lyrics by Carl Beck
The very first classes at the University of Wisconsin gathered on February 5, 1849 — and the UW has been changing lives and moving the world forward ever since. Now, Wisconsin Alumni Association® chapters around the world host special Founders’ Day celebrations every year to commemorate this milestone. The season stretches from February until May and is filled with spirited events featuring accomplished Badgers from Madison to Singapore and beyond.
However, these are unprecedented times. The safety and well-being of our alumni and friends is our top priority. Due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all 2020 Founders’ Day events have been canceled.
We look forward to future events when Badgers around the world can gather again and celebrate everything we love about the UW.