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Founders' Day

March 30, 1910

The University's Official Birthday

In 1955, the Alumni Association designated March 30 as Mississippi Southern College Day. The day was to be observed wherever former students resided, and its purpose was “to build up a little more custom and tradition concerning the college.” The day, since re-named Founders’ Day, has been observed in some fashion ever since.


USM Founders' Week 2022

Sunday, March 27

The Big Event Kickoff | 1 – 3 p.m. | Spirit Park

Founders' Day

Wednesday, March 30

Hattiesburg campus

Founders' Day Celebration | 11 a.m. | The Fresh Food Company
Co-sponsored by Eagle Dining

Student Awards Day | 3 p.m. | Bennett Auditorium

Gulf Park campus

Luncheon |  Noon | Dining Hall/University Club

Service Pin Ceremony | 11 a.m. | Hardy Hall Ballroom

Thursday, March 31

Employee Appreciation Luncheon | 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Marine Education Center, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Friday, April 1

Employee Appreciation Event | 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Shoemaker Square/Weathersby Lawn
Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Track and Field Invitational | 2 – 8 p.m. | Track and Field Complex

Beach Volleyball Invitational | 2:30, 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. | Beach Volleyball Complex

Southern Miss Baseball vs. Louisiana Tech | 6 p.m. | Pete Taylor Park

SMAC: Dive-In Movie | 7 p.m. | Natatorium, Payne Center

Eagle Fest

Saturday, April 2

Track and Field Invitational – Senior Day | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Track and Field Complex

Going Gold Day | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Various Campus Locations
A welcome event for the Class of 2026

Spring Football Game | 11 a.m. | M.M. Roberts Stadium – The Rock

Fraternity and Sorority Life | 1 – 3 p.m.
An event for prospective members
College Panhellenic Council | Picnic, Sorority Village
National Pan-Hellenic Council | Party in the Park, NPHC Park
Interfraternity Council | Tailgate, Intramural Fields

Southern Miss Baseball vs. Louisiana Tech | 2 p.m. | Pete Taylor Park

Beach Volleyball Invitational | 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. | Beach Volleyball Complex

Sunday, April 3

Southern Miss Baseball vs. Louisiana Tech | 1 p.m. | Pete Taylor Park