By Kaitlyn Frame
Lynn’s annual Founders Day festivities are scheduled to kick off today. What started out as Marymount College in 1962, Lynn has grown tremendously in the 26 years after the college reached university status and was renamed in 1991.
“I’ve heard a lot of things about Founders Day and how it’s one of the most fun events each year,” said Kieran Buck, freshman. “I’m excited to see what all the hype is about and participate in all the fun activities that the day has to offer.”
The festivities start at 9 a.m. with breakfast in the Elmore Dining Commons with President Kevin Ross. Following breakfast, the annual canoe challenge is set to begin at noon on the Freiburger Residence Hall lawn.
Students and faculty can choose to either participate in the race or just watch. In addition to the races, there will be prizes given. Some include the best costume, the most entertaining or “Spectacular Sinking Team” as well as the Golden Paddle.
“Founders Day is one of my favorite Lynn traditions,” said Kat Milian, senior and Community Advisor of the Freiburger Residence Hall. “As a senior this year, it is a bit bittersweet, but I am really excited to decorate a golf cart for the golf cart parade and watch the Canoe Challenge especially since I now live in Freiburger and will be so close.”
Finally, the Founders Day Family Picnic and Festival will begin at 5 p.m. on the Schmidt & Green Center Lawn where university employees and their families are welcome to join students for food, live music and activities. Attendees can also enjoy the student golf cart parade and will find out the winners of the canoe challenge.
“I have gone to Founders Day every year since I was a freshman and I’ve always enjoyed it so much,” said Paige Gilson, senior. “My favorite part of Founders Day is all the activities that bring the campus together such as the canoe race, photo booths and golf cart parade. The variety of food that is available to the students and faculty is amazing as well.”