Founders Festival

April 20-22, 2017

Join us for a community-wide weekend celebration of those who have formed the College’s strong foundation, from A. J. Gordon to professors, students and alumni of the distant and recent past, from the first classes of missionaries to the present-day faculty, staff and students.



Thursday, April 20

Social Venture Challenge: Final Showcase

6:00 P.M.

Gregory Auditorium

Join the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership for the final showcase of the annual Social Venture Challenge. Every spring, the Center sponsors this campus-wide challenge for Gordon student teams preparing to launch their own non-profit or business ventures. The winning teams will pitch in front of experienced executives and split $10,000 in seed money to get started. For more information, please visit:


Friday, April 21

Gospel Experience 5th Anniversary

8:00 P.M.

God’s Chosen Gospel Choir


Saturday, April 22

Music Mania Workshop

9:00 A.M. to noon

Let’s tell the story through music!

A two-Saturday workshop for Pre-K through Grade 6. Students are invited to discover music and movement using a beloved piece of children’s literature as a theme for games, singing, and instrument exploration. (Minimum age: 5 by April 1, 2017)

Participation is free. Advance registration is required at


Founder’s Festival

11:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

In 1889, Gordon College was founded by A.J. Gordon as a missionary training institute. Today, that tradition continues through international and domestic missions and ministry trips. Join us as we celebrate our past and present and our Scottish heritage with live music and Ceilidh dancing (with a caller!), a Scottish themed lunch and family-friendly activities such as face painting, kids highland games, lawn games, kids crafts and more. In honor of Earth Day, our student-run groups and missions teams will be hosting creation care activities, such as plant your own herb garden.

Scottish-themed lunch available for purchase in Easton Dining Hall from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. Stop by the Welcome Tent to purchase a lunch voucher.

Gordon College is pleased to offer a venue for children ages pre-K through 12 that provides an opportunity of fun and learning for your lads and lasses. Kids get to experience our version of Scottish Highland games in a non-competitive atmosphere. Upon arrival, check-in at the welcome tent to pick up your sash and shield, then head to our face painting station before heading to the games! 

Participation in Founder’s Festival children’s activities is free, but advanced registration is required. To register for the Highland Games and other kids' activities, click here.

Suggested donation: $10

All donations from the event go to support student mission trips. Learn more about where we're going and what we're doing at 

*All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times*






Let us know you’re here and pick up your free Gordon tartan Highland Game sash and shield!

Welcome Tent on Pedestrian Mall by the Bell

Face Painting

Let our artists paint your face with Scottish Blue or other cheek art options before heading to the Highland Games.

Welcome Tent on Pedestrian Mall by the Bell

Children’s Highland Games

Games include Caber Toss, Toss the Wellie, Bean Bag Races, Foam Archery, and more.

The Quad

Plant Your Own Herb Garden

Choose your herb, plant it, water it and watch it grow! We’ll also give you instructions on how to care for it once you’ve taken it home.

Lion’s Den (Lane Student Center)

Arts and Crafts

Decorate your Highland Game Tartan Shield as well as other Scottish themed crafts.

Lion's Den (Lane Student Center)



Graduate Education Department's 20th Anniversary Celebration

Join Gordon’s Graduate Education Department for its 20th Anniversary Celebration. Come and find out about how the Department has grown and discover new happenings. Connect with graduates and current graduate students. Refreshments being served starting at 1:00 p.m.


Welcome Tent on Pedestrian Mall by the Bell



The Richard F. Gross Distinguished Lecture

3:00 P.M.

The Center for Faith and Inquiry hosts author and social critic Dr. Os Guinness for the annual lecture series named after Gordon College's sixth president. Dr. Guinness will be exploring the link between the Sinai covenant and the U.S. Constitution in his talk "Let my people go! The covenant as the missing key to the American crisis." We welcome you to join us in the MacDonald Auditorium in the Ken Olsen Science Center at Gordon for the lecture at 3:00 P.M., followed by a reception at 4:00 P.M. 


Alumni Dodgeball Tournament

3:00 P.M.

Join the Student Ambassadors for an alumni vs student dodgeball tournament in the Bennett Center. Sign up with a team of 5-10 alumni or students (with at least 2 team members of each gender) by emailing


Gospel Experience 5th Anniversary

7:00 P.M.

God’s Chosen Gospel Choir