Kean University’s Founders Day and Founders 5K

April 2024

The Newark Normal School, now Kean University, held its first day of classes on April 14, 1855. 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, Founders Day falls on Monday, April 15. It is a special day of gratitude and a great time to display our Cougar pride, honor our mission and raise crucial funds to support Kean University.

How can you get involved ? Participate in the Founders 5K on Sunday, April 14, on Kean’s main campus in Union, beginning in the Vaughn-Eames parking lot and traversing a designated course. You can also make a gift anytime between now and midnight on April 15 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 campus and community.

Visit to register for the 5K and make your gift in support of Founders Day!