On April 5, Connecticut College celebrated our 105th birthday with a Founders Day Tea in the Charles E. Shain Library. President Katherine Bergeron led the festivities and was joined by members of the College and New London communities, including New London mayor Michael Passero ’79 M’89.
Founders Day recognizes the date in 1911 on which the College's original charter was signed by the Connecticut Secretary of State. The Connecticut State Assembly originally approved the charter on April 4 to Thames College; the named was changed months later to Connecticut College for Women.
This year's celebration also included the culmination of the Founders Day Challenge, a fundraising effort to secure 1,000 donors to the College by April 5 to earn a $100,000 challenge gift from former trustee Tim Armstrong ’93. Due to the overwhelming generosity of the College community, the goal was surpassed! The final results will be shared this week.