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Spelman College Founders Day

Founders Day

APRIL 4 - 11, 2019

Spelman's Rich History

In the spring of 1879, New England teachers and missionaries, Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles journeyed south to study living conditions among freed persons. Appalled by what they found, particularly the lack of educational opportunities for females, they pledged to return to the South to open a school for Black women and girls. Many showed interest in their vision but lacked financial capital to support it. Yet, equipped with $100 from the First Baptist.

On this anniversary of our founding, Spelman College, celebrates a long-standing commitment to academic excellence and service to others, inherited from the Founders. Grounded in the vision of Packard’s charge to build “for a hundred years hence,” Spelman is unwavering in her commitment to deliver an outstanding education for our current students, while ensuring our ability to deliver on this promise for generations of students to come. Empowering leaders since 1881 through an intellectual and ethical course, we pause to pay tribute to our past.

Relive the Moments

Spelman's 2018 Founders Day Convocation
2018 Photos

2017 Founders Day Through Your Eyes

2017 Founders Day Celebration

2017 Founders Day Robing

2017 Founders Day Convocation

2016 Photos

2015 Video

Founders Day Honorees