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Founder's Day

Founders Day | Tree Planting

"Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, I shall do it for my posterity."
-Thomas Jefferson

In 1970, the University instituted an annual tradition of planting a tree to honor an individual who has made significant and lasting contributions to the design, planning, and maintenance of the Grounds. Planted at a public ceremony presided over by the University President on Founder's Day, the tree is to serve as a living memorial celebrating the individual's legacy.

The task of selecting the Founder's Day tree honoree, tree species and location is given to the Arboretum and Landscape Committee, who forwards this recommendation to the President's Office. The honoree of this year's tree planting will be announced in March 2018.

For the complete list of officially designated memorial trees on Grounds, please click here.