Founders’ Day 2020

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.

Be a part of next year’s celebration!

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Canceled, But Not Forgotten

Thank you to the following chapters for planning 2020 Founders’ Day celebrations. Your efforts are appreciated!

Antigo, WI

Atlanta, GA

Austin, TX

Bay Area: UW Now

Beiging, China

Big Apple Badgers: UW Now

Boston, MA

British Columbia, Canada

Brown County, WI

Central Ohio

Charlotte, NC

Chicago: UW Now


Chippewa Valley, WI

Cincinnati, OH

Fond du Lac, WI

Fox Valley, WI


Green County, WI

Heart of Illinois

Hong Kong

Indianpolis, IN


Kansas City, MO

Kobe, Japan

Lakeland, WI

Las Vegas, NV

London, UK

Los Angeles

Louisville, KY


Marshfield, WI

Mile High, CO

Milwaukee: UW Now

Motor City, MI

New Jersey

Orange County, CA

Paris, France

Pikes Peak, CO

Pittsburgh, PA

Portland, OR

Sacramento, CA

San Antonio, TX

San Diego, CA

Seattle, WA

Seoul, Korea

Shanghai, China

Sheboygan, WI

Shenzhen, China


South Florida

St. Louis, MO

Tokyo, Japan

Twin Cities: UW Now


Washington DC: UW Now

Waukesha, WI

Wausau, WI