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Founders Weekend

Founder's Weekend

April 19–21, 2018
Join us for a community-wide weekend celebration of those who have formed the College’s strong foundation, from A. J. Gordon to professors, students and alumni of the distant and recent past, from the first classes of missionaries to the present-day faculty, staff and students.

Social Venture Challenge: Final Showcase
6 p.m.

Ken Olsen Science Center, MacDonald Auditorium
Join the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership for the final showcase of the annual Social Venture Challenge. Every spring, the Center sponsors this campus-wide challenge for Gordon student teams preparing to launch their own non-profit or business ventures. The winning teams will pitch in front of experienced executives and split $10,000 in seed money to get started. Learn more ➔

Explore Gordon Day 
For high school freshmen, juniors and seniors to experience Gordon for themselves and discover firsthand what adventures await them here. If you're just dipping your toes into the college search process, Explore Gordon will introduce you to our campus, our programs and our community. Advanced registration is required. Learn more ➔

Convocation: Founder's Day 
10:25 a.m.
A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel

This celebration of Founder’s Weekend will include the presentation of the Founder’s Medal to Brad and Pam Warner, a recognition of an individual or couple who has selflessly supported the mission of Gordon College. The Founder's Medal presentation will be followed by a Conversation with the President featuring Eric Ha, Chief People Officer and General Council for IJM.

Adoniram Judson Gordon Memorial Speech Competition (JUD Talks)
3:30 p.m.
Ken Olsen Science Center, MacDonald Auditorium

Sponsored by the Communication Arts department, the JUD Talks is a competitive event featuring TED-inspired student speeches designed to motivate and inspire the Gordon community.

6th Annual Gospel Experience 
8 p.m.

A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel
God’s Chosen Gospel Choir presents the 6th Annual Gospel Experience Weekend. This weekend will include performances by groups and choirs from churches around the New England area. An exceptional weekend of praise and worship that draws together diverse denominations and nationalities. 

Music Mania Workshop
9 a.m.–noon

Let’s tell the story through music!
A two-Saturday workshop for Pre-K through Grade 6. Students are invited to discover music and movement using a beloved piece of children’s literature as a theme for games, singing, and instrument exploration. (Minimum age: 5 by April 1, 2018)
Participation is free. Advanced registration is required.

Annual Highland Games
10 a.m.
Ferrin Field

The Highland Games are an annual Gordon tradition in which Residence Halls select participants to compete in traditional Scottish heavy games. Events such as weight over bar, caber toss, and a sprint race create a competitive spirit as halls rally for the title of Highland Champions. The hall with the most spirit wins the Berserka Award which equates to bragging rights and a hall pizza party. The winning hall of the Highland Games receives recognition by having their names engraved on the Highland trophy.

Celebrate the Life Outdoors
1 p.m.
La Vida Challenge Course

Join La Vida staff for a service project as they clean up the challenge course, all the while celebrating Rich Obenschain's birthday and Earth Day!

6th Annual Gospel Experience
3 p.m.
A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel

God’s Chosen Gospel Choir presents the 6th Annual Gospel Experience Weekend. This weekend will include performances by groups and choirs from churches around the New England area. An exceptional weekend of praise and worship that draws together diverse denominations and nationalities.

Voices of Spring Concert
7 p.m.
A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel

Annual spring concert featuring the Gordon College Women's Choir, Men's Choir and College Choir under the direction of Professor Faith Lueth and Dr. Jamie Hillman. Works will include Gabriel Faure's Requiem with organist Colin Howland (Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia), and selections by Rollo Dillworth, Randall Thompson and Eleanor Daley.