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Happy Birthday, OHIO!
Founders Day • February Eighteenth

Founders Day 2024

Happy 220th Birthday, OHIO!

Founded on Feb. 18, 1804, Ohio University is proud of its rich history of educating students from across the state and around the world. While we celebrate the birthday of the institution each year on Founders Day, we also celebrate the achievements of our many students and alumni that forever enrich the OHIO community and beyond.

Happy Founders Day to Bobcats everywhere!

Founders Day Events


    Birthday Bash

    Celebrate OHIO's 220th birthday- Bobcat style! All are welcome to join for this family-friendly event featuring free food, exciting activities and more! Registration is not required but strongly encouraged for this event. As a thank you, the first 250 registrants will receive a special gift at the event!

    When: Saturday, February 17  from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
    Where: Walter Hall


    Virtual 5K

    Celebrate OHIO's 220 years by helping us reach our goal of the total mileage from the Bunch of Grapes Tavern in Boston where Ohio University was chartered to Cutler Hall in Athens, equating 730 miles! Your individual 5K submission will be counted toward the combined mileage goal.


    Cutler Hall Bells Chime

    Keeping with tradition and in honor of OHIO's historic milestone, the Cutler Hall chimes will play “Alma Mater, Ohio” at 2:20 p.m. Cutler Hall is the oldest building at Ohio University and currently serves as home to the Office of the President, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and other senior administrative staff.


    Libraries Digital Exhibits

    Explore World War II-related stories, articles, news and more that appeared in The Post from 1939 when the newspaper made its first appearance, from Ohio University Libraries' Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections.

    Digital display coming soon!