Honoring the date in which Kean University held its first day of classes as the
Newark Normal School on April 14, 1855.

To commemorate the day, share your Cougar pride by making a gift in support of Kean students and joining us for our 5K.

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2 Day Schedule

Kean University Founders 5K

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Campus Course, Vaughn-Eames

Check in: 7:30 a.m.

Race Start: 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 14, 2024 

Founders Day Giving Day and On-Campus Celebration for Students, Faculty, Staff and Administration

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Union Campus
Outside Miron Student Center
8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Kean Ocean
Gateway Atrium
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, April 15, 2024

On April 14, 1855 the Newark Normal School, now Kean University held its first day of classes. We celebrate this day as Founders Day and host our annual day of giving and Founders 5K in celebration of this momentous occasion.

This year, our annual day of giving falls on April 15th. This day is the University's annual day of gratitude and a special time to show our pride, honor our mission, and raise crucial funds to support Kean University.

How can you participate? Join the 5K on April 14th, or make a gift anytime between now and midnight on April 15th to count towards Founders Day.

Giving matters! From strengthening programs, supporting scholarships and ensuring current and future Cougars have a world-class education, each gift, in any amount, is vital to enhancing Kean's world-class education.

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