Founders Day 2021 | Minnesota State University, Mankato

Thursday, October 7, 2021
12h00 – 12h30
Campus Mall (or Hearth Lounge in case of bad weather)

Mankato, Minnesota – Minnesota State University, Mankato will hold its annual Founders Day at 12 p.m. on Thursday, October 7, celebrating the 153rd year of the founding of the University in 1868.

The celebration, free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, will take place in the campus mall outside the Centennial Students Union. If weather conditions prevent the celebration from taking place outdoors, it will be moved inside the Hearth Lounge, located on the lower level of the Centennial Student Union.

During the event, the Maverick Machine band will play the University fight song and free cupcakes will be available to all attendees.

Mankato State President Edward Inch will begin a short program with commentary on the University’s importance to Mankato and Minnesota.

Inch will then introduce Interim President and Senior Vice President Brian Martensen, who will discuss the new university programs added this year.

Following Martensen’s remarks, Student Government President Reauna Stiff will discuss the impact and importance of the university for students.

Minnesota State Mankato was founded in 1868 as the Mankato Normal School, serving 27 students, for the purpose of teaching students the science and art of teaching. The first class graduated in June 1870 with 10 students.

In 1921, the school became Mankato State Teachers College and began offering two- and three-year degrees. In 1939, the first four-year diplomas were awarded. The first masters were awarded in 1954 and the first doctorates were awarded in 2009.

The school became Mankato State College in 1957, with an enrollment of 7,000. It became Mankato State University in 1975, with 14,000 enrollments, and Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1998. Enrollment currently stands at over 14,000 students, and the State of Minnesota Mankato now offers more than 130 undergraduate programs at six undergraduate colleges. The University’s College of Graduate Studies and Research offers more than 85 master’s, advanced certificate and doctoral programs.

Thumb became the 13e president of the University on July 1.

More information on the history of the institution is available here.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,604 students, is part of the Minnesota state system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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