Founders Day


President Murray Bartlett raises the Centennial Banner, April 10, 1922.

By March 1922, the Campaign Committee was reaching out to alumni and friends of Hobart College across the country. Plans were also underway for Centennial Day in June.

Wanting to jump start excitement for the Centennial among the student body, the Centennial Committee identified an opportunity for an additional event to be held during the Spring semester. In commemoration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the provisional charter, Monday, April 10, was declared Founders’ Day. On that day "students assembled by classes at two o’clock and marched to Williams Hall where the exercises were held. Rev. J. B. Hubbs, chaplain of the College, delivered the invocation, after which Dr. Bartlett introduced the principal speaker, Mr. G. M. B. Hawley of the class of ’92." Dean William P. Durfee and R. W.  McNulty also gave speeches. The day concluded with the raising of the Centennial Banner for the first time on the flagpole between Geneva and Trinity Halls.


Members of the Class of 1922 hold the Centennial Banner at Reunion, 1947.

Hobart Centennial
Founders Day