This week, we will honor our founders. Because of COVID-19, the way we celebrate will necessarily be different, but we have put together a program that will allow us to honor the tradition of Founders’ Day while also keeping us socially distanced and safe.

Founders’ Day Convocation.: September 18, 2020

Friday, Sept. 18

  • 2:30 p.m.: Founders’ Day convocation. Dwana Waugh — assistant professor of history and chair of the Presidential Working Group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion — will be our featured speaker. Please note: There will only be enough seating in the Quad for our seniors, who should wear their robes. The rest of the community should watch the live stream on our website at sbc.edu/founders-day. The live stream will be recorded, so you can watch it later.
  • 3:30 p.m.: Members of the Class of 2023 should join the Class of 2021 in the Quad for a walk to Monument Hill.
  • 4:15 p.m.: The Classes of 2022 and 2024 should go to the Guion parking lot for their walk to Monument Hill.
  • 5 p.m.: Picnic Dinner. The Office of Alumnae Relations and Development will host a community picnic. Our friends at Meriwether Godsey will provide a boxed dinner for everyone who registers. Prothro will be closed, but we invite you to grab a blanket and eat in the Dell, sit at a picnic table in the Student Commons, or take your meal back to your room. Faculty and staff are invited to have dinner as well, courtesy of the Office of Alumnae Relations and Development. To ensure proper social distancing, registration for dinner is required.   Student registration | Faculty and staff registration
  • Following dinner, Rookie’s Mobile Dessert Bar will provide dessert outside Prothro.


Founders Day with Lynn Rainville: September 17, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 17

    • 7 p.m. in the Quad: Lynn Rainville, our former academic dean, will talk about Sweet Briar’s history as a plantation and the impact of our Invisible Founders — the enslaved people who labored on the Sweet Briar Plantation and their descendants who helped build the College. Lynn is the author of “Invisible Founders: How Two Centuries of African American Families Transformed a Plantation into a College,” which is available in the Sweet Briar library.You’re invited to join her on the Quad for this socially-distanced lecture. Following that event, we will walk to the Sweet Briar Plantation Burial Ground to lay flowers and have a moment of silence to honor these important men and women. You may also watch the live stream of Lynn’s talk at sbc.edu/founders-day. The live stream will be recorded, so you can watch it later. RAIN PLAN: Unfortunately, it looks like the remnants of Hurricane Sally will be bringing some wet weather to Sweet Briar tomorrow, just in time for Lynn Rainville’s talk, “Roots and Remembrance: Recognizing Forgotten Founders.” As such, her talk will be shifted inside to the chapel and because of COVID restrictions, seating in the chapel will be limited to those students who have already registered for the event. The event will still be live streamed at sbc.edu/founders-day.

In light of COVID-19, there have been some changes made to the walk to Monument Hill:

  • Please follow staff instructions to remain socially distanced.
  • Be sure to wear your mask as you are walking.
  • Only seniors will have daisies, which will be placed on their chairs in the Quad.
  • To ensure proper social distancing, nobody will be permitted inside the enclosure at the top of Monument Hill.
  • There will be no service on Monument Hill.

Faculty and staff may also walk to Monument Hill, but please be sure to follow COVID guidelines for social distancing and mask wearing.

Thank you for participating in this important tradition and for your understanding about the changes we’ve had to make to keep our community safe and healthy.