Founders' Day 2018

Founders' Day


Founders’ Day is an annual event for students, faculty, staff and community members to come together to celebrate founders Woodbridge and Helen Gillespie Ferris, and their contributions to what is today known as Ferris State University. Founders’ Day activities are free and open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Founders’ Day is part of Bulldog Beginnings.

Follow a complete list of Bulldog Beginnings events. Students, don't forget to participate in the Bulldog Beginnings Photo Contest.

Founders’ Day 2018

Thursday, Aug. 30 - Ferris State University (Big Rapids)

President Eisler's State of the University Speech

11 A.M.

Location: University Center, Room 203

President David Eisler’s welcome-back-to-campus address will be hosted. This presentation is open for everyone to come and hear the latest and greatest from President Eisler. Don’t miss out.

Employee Picnic

11:30 A.M.

Location Campus Quad

Join us under the tent on the Campus Quad to celebrate founders' Day and for Ferris to show their appreciation to our faculty and staff. 

Founders' Day Celebration, including Ice Cream Social

4 to 6:30 P.M.

Location: Outdoors on the North Campus Quad (inside University Center, in case of rain)

Founders’ Day is an annual event for students, faculty, staff and community members to come together to celebrate founders Woodbridge and Helen Gillespie Ferris, and their contributions to what is today known as Ferris State University. Founders’ Day activities are free and open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Founders’ Day is part of Bulldog Beginnings.

This is an annual event that takes place and the first Thursday of the school year. Come and enjoy some great food great games and win lots of prizes. There is also a fair to show case places you can volunteer around the community, departments on campus and your 5-star RSOs. Check it out and get connected.

The annual Founders’ Day Community Ice Cream Social will once again feature the famous Jones Homemade Ice Cream served up by local celebrities from the Big Rapids community. Free ice cream will be served beginning at 4 p.m. on the North Campus Quad near the University Center and run until 6:30 pm or as long as the ice cream lasts. Register to win awesome raffle prizes such as a large screen TV. Drawing will be held on the quad at 6:30 pm and you MUST be present to win.

Football Hosts East Stroudsburg

7:30 P.M.

Location: Top Taggert Field

Don't miss out on our first football game of the season. Come and get your Ferris pride at founders' Day and cheer our football team into their first win of the season.