Founder’s Day 2021 Park Manor Quad

Founder’s Day

Founder’s Day, which dates to 1947, recognizes Roger W. Babson, founder and first president of Babson College, and honors his passion for entrepreneurship, education, and philanthropy.

Founders Day 2022

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Save the Date

Join us at the Babson College Wellesley campus.

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11 a.m.–2 p.m. Founder’s Day Apple-themed Lunch – Trim
Community members are invited to enjoy an apple-themed lunch to kick-off our Founder’s Day celebration!
4:15–6 p.m. Founder’s Fest: Undergraduate Event – Park Manor Quad
Rain location: The Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex
Celebrate our founder, Roger Babson, and the generosity of our donors outdoors by enjoying music, fun lawn and carnival games, tattoo art and photo magnets, cool giveaways, and a variety of delicious apple treats!
4:30–6:30 p.m. Founder’s Fest: Graduate Event – Knight Lawn
Rain location: Knight Auditorium
We will celebrate being back at Babson with new and old friends! Join us for a traditional southern style barbeque, fun prizes, and cool giveaways. And as always, we will have a variety of delicious apple treats in honor of Roger Babson and his admiration for Sir Isaac Newton.
8 p.m. Beaver Bowl Trivia – Grille Room at Trim Dining Hall
An opportunity for the entire Babson Community—Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni—to enjoy snacks and compete for exciting prizes while testing their knowledge of Babson trivia and more!
Sir Isaac Newton Apple Tree Grove
Flower of Kent Apple Tree

In 1954, the campus added its first Newton Apple Tree (left), a fourth-generation scion purchased from the Pennsylvania Historical Commission the previous December. The tree was a gift to Roger Babson from his wife, Grace, as a tribute to his longstanding admiration of Sir Isaac Newton. While Newton’s tree is known for its pear-shaped Flower of Kent apples, this particular offshoot produced very few of them. However, its grafts produced an entire grove that was planted on campus in 2005, relocated in 2013, and now adorns the north lawn of Tomasso Hall.