Nothing says nostalgia like the first day of school, and nobody loves the first day quite like UW–Madison. Here, we honor the tradition of celebrating our very first first day of school every year! Starting February 5 and continuing through May, alumni chapters worldwide will celebrate Founders’ Day to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the very first day of classes held at the UW on February 5, 1849, just shy of Wisconsin’s first birthday. At these events — which bring together the best elements of life at the UW — alumni, friends, and family will eat, drink, reminisce, and channel their inner Badger while attending lectures from some of the UW’s most accomplished faculty and alumni from across the campus’s schools, colleges, departments, and centers (just like the good old days).
This year, Madison locals will enjoy a special presentation from 2019 Forward under 40 recipients, LaVar Charleston MS’07, PhD’10 and Owen Karcher ’08, whose work is changing lives. The program will be moderated by Richard Halverson, an associate professor in the UW–Madison School of Education. The Madison Founders’ Day event will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Wisconsin Alumni Association.
See all of the worldwide events here.