Founders Celebration is an annual campus-wide event at Daemen University honoring the institution’s origins, commemorating its rich history of scholarship—and continuing its momentum forward. This re-imagined celebration combines Homecoming, Alumni Weekend and Founders Day to create one spectacular week-long schedule of events.
The celebration features traditions and events including:
- Founders Day bell ringing—Join this ceremony and gathering of the university community at the Founders Bell outside Rosary Hall. Representatives of the university’s seven decades each ring the bell, initially crafted in 1858—the year the university’s namesake, Mother Magdalene Daemen, passed away—and refurbished with support from the university’s Class of 1967
- Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner—Attend this annual reception, established in 1986, that recognizes graduates who have made a difference and highlights their achievements and societal contributions
- Athletics events—Cheer on the Daemen Wildcats during matches at Karrer Field and Lumsden Gymnasium
- Student-centric events—Enjoy the Food Truck Rodeo and Music Festival, S'mores Night, and try your luck at Casino Night hosted by Lambda Chi Iota sorority. Play games for chips that you can "cash in" for terrific prizes!
- Daemen Day in Amhert—Enjoy free trolley rides up and down Main Street to offer the Daemen community a chance to visit, shop, and dine at many establishments in the Amherst and Williamsville business districts. Special discounts will be provided to Daemen community members.
|1:00 pm||Women's Volleyball Game vs. Queens||Lumsden Gymnasium||Students, Alumni|
|7:00 pm||Kick-Off to Founders Celebration Comedy Night||Wick Center||Students|
|11:00 am||Women's Volleyball Game vs. Molloy||Lumsden Gymnasium||Students, Alumni|
|3:00 pm||Men's Soccer Game vs. Roberts Wesleyan||Karrer Field (Park School)||Students, Alumni|
|11:00 am||Founders Bell Ringing||Founders Walkway/Rosary Hall||Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff|
|11:30 am - 1:00 pm||Campus-wide Luncheon||Wick Center Dining Room||Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff|
|6:00 pm||Distinguished Alumni Dinner||Wick Center Social Room||Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff|
|4:30 pm - 6:30 pm||Founders TGIF||Wick Center Wildcat Den||Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families|
|6:00 pm - 9:00 pm||Casino Night||Wick Center Social Room||Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families|
|6:00 pm||Scholarship Gala||Jazzboline||Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Donors|
|9:00 pm - 11:00 pm||S'mores Night||Wick Center Back Lawn||Students, Families|
|11:00 am - 1:00 pm||Entertainment Brunch||Wick Center Dining Room||Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families|
|Daemen Day in Amherst||Various locations in Amherst||All Welcome|
|4:00 pm - 7:00 pm||Food Truck Rodeo and Music Festival||Wick Center Back Lawn||Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families|
|7:00 pm||Family Friendly Entertainment||Wick Center Social Room||Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families|