Founder's Day

Founder's Day

Celebrating 120 Years of Albany State

A Ram Renaissance

Every year, we honor our founder, Dr. Joseph Winthrop Holley, during the week of Founder's Day. In 2023, we will celebrate the 120th anniversary of the unsinkable, indestructible Albany State University by honoring our beloved founder March 25 - April 1, 2023.

2023 Schedule of Events 

Weeklong Activities 

Holley History Hunt | All Week 
Community Event

Do you know your ASU History? Get to know the campus by participating in the Holley History Hunt. Find the items to fulfill the challenge. Post your photos to social media using #HolleyHistoryHunt.

Click Here for Holley History Hunt Questions


Virtual 5K | All Week 
Community Event

Participants will track their steps on their preferred device for 6 days as they run, jog, or walk to victory! In honor of Founder's Day, the registration fee for the Virtual 5K is $19.03. Participants can submit their steps daily or all at once when they complete the race.  

The top three participants in the following categories; students, faculty, staff, and community members, will receive a participation certificate and bragging rights! 

Be sure to show off your ASU spirit and tag us in your photos throughout the race using the hashtag #asuramjoggers. Let's Go Rams! 

Click Here to Register 

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Saturday, March 25 
Mister + Miss ASU Royal Court Competition
2 PM | Billy C. Black Building Auditorium, East Campus
Community Event
Don't miss the 2023 Royal Court Competition, on March 25 at 2 p.m. in the Billy C. Black Auditorium. 
The winners will be crowned the next 11th Mister and 81st Miss Albany State University. The event will also be live-streamed on the ASU YouTube channel. 

Monday, March 27 
Holley Bowl: Madden Tournament 
6 PM | C.W. Grant Student Union Ballroom, East Campus
Community Event

In celebration of Albany State University Founder's Day, you are invited to attend the Holley Bowl: Madden Tournament on Monday, March 27, at 6 p.m. on the East campus in the C.W. Student Union Ballroom. 

The event is open to the public and free to attend. During the event, guests will watch the finalist go head-to-head to win the championship belt and tickets to the ASU Foundation Blue and Gold Scholarship Gala. We encourage you to come out and show your support! 

For more information, please contact Greek Life and Diversity Engagement Coordinator, Anthony Morman, at 


Tuesday, March 28
Spring Into the Arts: Paint Party 
5:30 - 7 PM | Dr. Joseph W. Holley Fine Arts Center, Room 102, East Campus
Community Event
Show your creativity with chalk! Materials will be provided. There will be no competition or theme, just have fun! There will be a special performance by the ASU Marching Rams Show Band. 
Spring Into the Arts: Chalk the Walkway - CANCELED 
Community Event
This event has been canceled as a precaution against expected rain.

Wednesday, March 29 
Community Engagement: Read to a Class Day 
9 - 11 AM | Various Schools
Student/Faculty/Staff Event
Albany State University faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to volunteer for the Read to a Class Day community engagement event.
Volunteers will read to elementary school students at the International Studies, Lake Park, Lincoln, and Live Oak Elementary Schools. 


Thursday, March 30 
Rams in the Bush: Student and Alumni Networking Event
6:30 PM | Dr. Joseph W. Holley Fine Arts Center, East Campus
Student/Alumni Event
Career Services is hosting an event for all students to network with Albany State University alumni. This event is an opportunity for students to meet some of our outstanding alumni who are in a position to help them begin their careers.


Friday, March 31
Convocation and Graveside Ceremony
9 AM | Billy C. Black Building Auditorium, East Campus
Community Event
Convocation will be on Friday, March 31 at 9 a.m. in the Billy C. Black Building Auditorium on East Campus with the Gravesite Ceremony following.
The guest speaker will be Rutha Mae Harris ('70), ASU alumna and original Freedom Singer.
National Alumni Association Luncheon
12 PM | C.W. Grant Student Union Ballrooms, East Campus
Alumni Event
Alumni are invited to attend the NAA Luncheon in honor of Founder's Day. Attendees are encouraged to wear their ASU gear.
Tickets are priced at $40. This event is SOLD OUT. 
National Alumni Association Business Meeting 
2 PM | Peace Hall, Room 127, East Campus
Alumni Event
Please join the ASU National Alumni Association for its annual business meeting. Attendees are encouraged to wear their ASU gear. All alumni are invited to attend.

Saturday, April 1
Open House
10 AM - 1 PM | Jones Brothers HPER Complex, East Campus
Community Event
Open House is the time to bring graduating seniors and other interested students you know to your Alma Mater. Join us so that we might show your family and friends that Albany State University is the institution they want to join!
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jones Brothers HPER Complex on East Campus.
Blue Vs. Gold Spring Football Game
1 PM | ASU Coliseum, East Campus
Community Event
This will be the first chance for fans to see the first-year Golden Ram's new head football coach and former NFL player Quinn Gray, Sr, and his new coaching staff in action. There will be a number of recruits playing in the game, with a completely new offense and defense.
Admission to the spring game and parking are free. Concessions will be available for fans to enjoy while watching the game.
Blue and Gold Scholarship Gala
6 PM | L. Orene Building Hall Lawn, East Campus
Community Event
The week will end with the ASU Foundation's Annual Blue and Gold Scholarship Gala on Saturday, April 1 at 6 p.m. on the L. Orene Hall Building Lawn. Additional information may be found here.