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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. This Founder’s Day, traditions, both new and old, will be celebrated via a combination of virtual and in-person events.

Founder’s Fest & Make Your Mark

Launched in 2016, Founder's Fest encourages our students to come together (while this year still maintaining a safe physical distance!), enjoy good food, and celebrate the guiding themes that were most meaningful to Roger Babson.

Join friends, classmates, and campus colleagues for cool swag, an opportunity to appreciate donors, and apple-themed treats in recognition of Roger’s fascination with Sir Isaac Newton and our Newton apple trees; which means you have to try the traditional cider apple donuts.

You can also join in on our annual day of giving, called Make your Mark, to help Defend the Dam

This singular day of giving has become a worldwide celebration of the College community, and is also a symbolic day to thank those who give back to Babson.  Honoring Roger W. Babson’s passion for philanthropy happens through gifts to any area of Babson, including campus programs, projects, athletics, institutes, scholarships, areas of critical need and more.  Show your Pride and make a symbolic gift to what you love at Babson.

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#DefendtheDam and make a gift of any amount to receive a charging buddy at any of the below locations from 9-11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.

  • Park Manor West Lawn
  • BRAC-South Lawn
  • Knight Lawn
  • Reynolds Lawn

*Remote students please email to receive your charging buddy.


Snap a selfie or a photo of the following items. The more photos you post on Instagram, the more entries you’ll have to win prizes! Can be one post with multiple photos (each approved photo will count as an entry to the contest) or separate posts using #DefendTheDam

  1. Roger Babson
  2. Apple Tree
  3. Biz E. Beaver
  4. Globe
  5. Anything Green
  6. Boulder
  7. Beaver Dam (hint: if you’re on campus, stop by the pop up tents on the South Lawn (BRAC) or Reynolds Lawn at 9 a.m. and/or 4 p.m.!)
  8. Babson Alumni Product
  9. Screenshot of Who You’re Defending the Dam For
  10. Screenshot Using a Babson WebEx Background with the Defend the Dam on Founder’s Day mark or creating your own background with the Defend the Dam on Founder’s Day mark ()


  • Maximum of 1 submission per listed item (10 maximum entries). Feel free to be as creative as possible!
  • Must be an Instagram post, not a story
  • Your account must be public for us to count the entry/entries
  • Must be posted on September 17, 2020 between 12 a.m.-11:59 p.m. EDT
  • Must use the hashtag #DefendTheDam in the caption
  • The hashtag must be included in the original post and cannot be edited or we will not see the submission. If you forgot to add it to your original post, delete the post and repost with the caption #DefendTheDam
  • Winners will be direct messaged on Instagram to complete a Google Form with shipping information. Winners must complete the Google Form within 5 business days of when the message was sent or the prize will be forfeited. Winners should check all message requests and folders on Instagram.
  • Winners must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate Babson College students

Winners will be announced via WebEx on Friday, September 18 at 11 a.m. EDT. All questions can be directed to

Park Manor West Lawn - Smalls

BRAC – South Lawn - Mediums

Knight Lawn - Larges

Reynolds Lawn – X-Larges and 2X-Larges

Trim Dining Hall


Park Manor West Lawn - Smalls

BRAC – South Lawn - Mediums

Knight Lawn - Larges

Reynolds Lawn – X-Larges and 2X-Larges

Founder’s Day 2020 will include virtual Beaver Bowl which brings students, faculty and staff together for a night of trivia featuring Babson history and fun prizes.

*Graduate Students will have the opportunity to sign up for a special Founder's Fest Giveaway at starting at 9 a.m. on Founder's Day. The first 100 students to respond will receive instructions to pick up their giveaway on campus. Grad students will receive an email on September 16 with details about how to participate.

 Help Us Spread The Word

WebEx Backgrounds

Defend the dam during your classes, meetings, and video chats.


Social Media Graphics/Gifs

Download graphics and gifs to share on your social accounts.


Social Media Sample Posts

Access sample messaging to inspire your social posts.


Social Media Profile Frame

Show your support and add a frame to your profile pictures.