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Founders' Day

Join us as we celebrate 122 years as an institution of higher learning.

This year’s theme will focus on the connections that form through our traditions and friendships while at the University of Montevallo. These traditions reflect our ideals, our priorities and our sense of belonging to create connections that begin on these bricks, but reach far beyond these gates.  

One of these traditions is College Night, which officially begins its Centennial Celebration on Oct. 13. As a tribute to this milestone, Convocation guests will enjoy a moment with the cast of the Early Years of College Night production during the Founders’ Day Convocation.  

Alumni Willie Phillips ’00 and Amos Snead ’02 will deliver the keynote address. Phillips is serving a four-year term as a commissioner on the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, and he expects to be nominated and confirmed for a second term in the very near future. Snead currently serves as partner of S-3 Public Affairs firm in Washington D.C. and recently co-authored a book titled “Climbing the Hill: How to Build a Career in Politics and Make a Difference.”  Together, Phillips and Snead serve as an excellent example of the connections made on UM’s brick streets. Becoming friends in college has led the two to help other UM alumni succeed by building networking opportunities in the D.C. area. 

Another highlight of the ceremony is the Investiture of the Senior Class into the Community of Scholars. Seniors will officially don their robes for the first time to signify achieving this rank. Dr. James McDonald, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, will lead the investiture alongside Abigail Rothfeldt, the senior class president.

Following the ceremony, lunch will be served in the cafeteria with seating throughout Anna Irvin Dining Hall. All participants, guests and family members are invited. The Founders’ Day Committee will also have a special gift at the dining hall as a memento of the University’s 122nd year.