Founders Day

A celebration of our rich history and bright future.

Founders Day Celebration

On November 11, 1864, at 7:30 p.m., St. Louis College of Pharmacy was founded in the hall of the St. Louis Medical College. Eugene Massot, an apothecary originally from Kentucky, along with four other medical colleagues, drafted a charter, constitution, and bylaws. More than 150 years later, the College community celebrates Founders Day to reflect on all those who have contributed to our legacy.

Reflecting On Our Rich History

Since our founding, the College has been educating future pharmacy innovators and practitioners who are impacting health care and society locally, nationally and globally. We owe our success to the leaders and innovators who have helped shape the College over the years.

During Founders Day activities, we recognize those who came before and paved the way for the success of the College and its students.

Learn more about major events in College's history and the leaders who have shaped its legacy.

Founders Day Activities

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff will begin the Founders Day celebration by giving back to the community. This student-organized volunteer initiative has become an annual tradition and an opportunity to recognize the College's impact in the community.

Learn more about STLCOP C.A.R.E.S. and sign up to participate.

Lunch on the Quad
12-1 p.m.

After a morning of service, students, faculty and staff will return to campus for lunch on the quad. Alumni are also welcome to attend and may RSVP to Macy Russell, institutional events manager, at

Founders Day Convocation
1-2:15 p.m., ARB Auditorium

Featuring a special guest speaker and presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Awards.

The Founders Day Convocation features a special guest speaker to reflect on the importance of giving back to the community in which you live and work.

The 2017 Founders Day Convocation will feature Jeffrey P. Bonner, Ph.D., president and CEO of Saint Louis Zoo. Bonner leads a $140 million organization, and the Zoo was recently named "Best Free Attraction in the United States" in USA Today's 2016 Readers' Choice Awards. He will speak about the importance of building strong bonds within our community.

Following Bonner's presentation, the Alumni Association will present the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Learn more about the awards and the 2017 Reunion Celebration.

Founders Day Celebration
2:30-4:30 PM

Immediately following the Distinguished Alumni Awards presentation, join us for celebratory cake in the ARB lobby.

To close out the celebration, LXA and KE will host a volleyball tournament to raise money for ovarian cancer. For more information or to register your team, contact Christian Wagan at

Sunday, Nov. 12, 8:30 a.m.

The Founders Day celebration will conclude with the Founders Day 5K. The race, which is open to the public, will begin on the Quad and take participants through the surrounding biomedical complex and Forest Park. Runners will then return to the College to cross the finish line.

Learn more and register to participate.

For questions about Founders Day, contact Macy Russell, institutional events manager, at