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Celebrating Founders Day: A Student’s Reflection

On Friday, February 5, more than 300 students donned their party beads, sipped on sparkling cider and joined the UC Bear in a toast to 147 years of Ursinus! The special Founders Day birthday celebration was hosted by Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow, a student group under the office of advancement.

147 long years ago, a charter was granted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for a college called Ursinus. Seven years ago, I first heard about this school. Three years ago, I was accepted and I cried tears of joy. Fifteen months from now, I will be receiving my diploma and walking across the stage, no doubt with tears of joy and sadness in my eyes as I leave the school that I have been so blessed to call my home away from home.

A family.

It has been twenty years since Ursinus last celebrated Founders Day in 1995. This year marked its return thanks to the efforts of the office of advancement. While it is easy to reflect on what Ursinus truly means to us in fleeting moments, it is important to sit down and reflect on all those years, those moments that lead us to right now. So, as students came into Wismer Dining Hall on February 5, 2016 to enjoy great food and sparkling cider in flutes, we took the time to reflect on Founders Day. I saw my peers reflect in the way we laughed with one another and the way we discussed our accomplishments and failures. I saw it when I looked down at my shirt with the logo of Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow staring back at me. A representation of the group I am so proud to be a part of. I am proud because of the amazing people around me, and because STAT also allows connections between alumni and students while also promoting philanthropy and education about the school I so adore. Watching others enjoy the festivities made me thankful that we again have this tradition of reflection. All of those years, led to the Ursinus that I know and love. The past few years especially, play a large part in my “right now.”

This moment.

But this moment is fleeting. Three years from now, Ursinus will be 150 and I will be an alumna. I know that I will still be reflecting and laughing and smiling. I know that I will carry Ursinus with me always. And in three years, I will no doubt be raising a glass to Ursinus. To my home. To my family.

A toast.

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Written by:
Mackenzie Kilgore,
Psychology, Class of 2017

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