Yesterday, John Carroll University celebrated the 131st anniversary of its founding. Originally called Cleveland University and founded on the site of what is now St. Ignatius High School, John Carroll has been an integral part of Cleveland since its inception.
Last night, the Terminal Tower lit up blue and gold to mark Founders Day!
While the university is 131 years old, the tradition of celebrating Founders Day with events for both students and alumni is only in its second year. I took Jeffrey up to campus during the day to see the decorations and festivities.
The St. Ignatius statue was ready for a birthday party!
And the infamous Pacelli lion was painted for the occasion. I definitely remember spray painting my sorority letters on that lion a time or two!
The Office of Alumni Relations also provided blue and gold cupcakes, because what’s a birthday party without cake?!
But the most meaningful part of the day on campus was the chance to fill out an “I <3 JCU Because…” balloon and getting the chance to read what others wrote on their balloons.
John Carroll truly is a special place that is a lasting part of the lives of the people who attend!
The Founders Day celebration continued in the evening with an alumni event at the Tasting Room at Great Lakes Brewing Co. (one of the founders, Dan Conway, is a JCU alum!)
We enjoyed beer, tasty small bites, and conversation with alumni from many different years and backgrounds. It was a great reminder of how John Carroll is in Cleveland, not just on the campus, and how our connections with the university and fellow students remain so valuable.
Obviously, I’m a proud John Carroll alumni and I’m so glad that the university has taken up the tradition of marking Founders’ Day! If you’re a John Carroll alum, click here to find out about more upcoming alumni events both in Cleveland and nationwide.
***Disclosure: I am the president of the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***