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Founder's Weekend

Each October since 1879, Lehigh has commemorated Founder Asa Packer and the magnitude of his impact with a campus celebration. This year, the Founder’s Day tradition has been expanded into a full weekend of festivities.

From the Volunteer Summit and Leadership Recognition Dinner to the Brown & White BBQ and a host of Family Weekend programs, there’s something for every member of our Lehigh community to enjoy.

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Brown & White BBQ

Brown & White BBQ

Friday, October 25, 2019, 4 p.m.

Celebrate Asa Packer and his legacy at this come-one-come-all festival, complete with food trucks, student entertainment, and plenty of Lehigh tradition. Features recognition of Lehigh leaders of all generations and the unveiling of the Class of 2020’s numbers at the Clayton University Center. Plus, pick up your famous Founder’s Weekend t-shirt and Brown and White socks!

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Family Weekend

Family Weekend

Friday, October 25, to Sunday, October 27, 2019

A weekend-long celebration filled with many activities for families and students to enjoy together, including the Family Fest Tailgate.

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HST Groundbreaking

Health, Science & Technology Building Groundbreaking

Friday, October 25, 2019, 3 p.m.

This innovative interdisciplinary research center and home of the new College of Health will drive groundbreaking discovery and create new opportunities for our students and our community. Join us to celebrate the project now underway and learn how its innovative design will usher in a new era of prominence and impact for Lehigh.

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Leadership Recognition Dinner

Leadership Recognition Dinner

Friday, October 25, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

The Leadership Recognition Dinner recognizes the achievements and impact of exceptional members of the Lehigh University community, including inductees of Leadership Plaza and recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards. Through their generosity, leadership, and accomplishments, these individuals embody the core values of our institution and energize GO: The Campaign for Lehigh.

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Volunteer Summit

Volunteer Summit

Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2019

The Volunteer Summit provides an opportunity for members of Lehigh's volunteer community to come together and learn about Lehigh today, discuss best practices for their volunteer commitments, and celebrate their many contributions. The Summit will offer networking opportunities for and with volunteers and administrators, in addition to training and skill development.

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Family Fest Tailgate

Family Fest Tailgate

Saturday, October 26, 2019 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. kickoff

Gather with fellow Lehigh families as you get ready to cheer our team to a gridiron victory over Georgetown. Enjoy pre-game food and drink in a tailgate atmosphere, connect with some of the university’s senior leaders, and rev up your Lehigh spirit during a special appearance by the Marching 97.

Cheer on the Brown and White with fellow parents, families, students, and friends. Tailgate includes a full buffet, beer and wine, and DJ. Cost: $30 for adults and students 21 and older; $10 for children and students 13 to 20 years of age; children 12 and under are free. Pre-registration is required. Football game tickets are sold separately.

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