University Letter

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Founders Day is Feb. 16; tickets on sale

The 2023 Founders Day banquet will take place Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. A social will begin at 5:15 p.m., and the banquet will begin at 6 p.m.

Founders Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the Dakota Territory legislation establishing the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. It is the official birthday of UND! The first celebration of Founders Day was held in 1904.

UND Founders Day is a time to honor members of our campus community. Retirees with at least 15 years of service, employees with 25 years of service and department and faculty award winners are recognized at the banquet.

Tickets for the Founders Day banquet are $35 each and must be purchased by noon on Monday, Feb. 6. Individual tickets can be purchased by contacting Nicole Morris at or 701.777.2314.

Tables may be reserved for departments or colleges by contacting the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office at 701.777.4090, or download the Founders Day Departmental Table for a table reservation form.  All table reservation forms must be completed with names, menu choices and method of payment specified before tickets can be purchased. Departments can request a check from their Alumni account and submit payment directly to the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office. The deadline for department table reservations is noon on Monday, Feb. 6.

Questions about Founders Day can be directed to Nicole Morris of Ceremonies & University Events at 701.777.2314.