Founders Day Student Address Keynote Speaker: Anderson Cooper

  • Saturday, October 28, 2017 • 3:00 pm
  • Emerson Auditorium, Knight Hall

Saturday, October 28 | 3 p.m.
Emerson Auditorium, Knight Hall

The Washington University Alumni Association welcomes the 2017 Founders Day keynote speaker, Anderson Cooper, for the annual student address on Saturday, October 28, at 3 p.m. in Emerson Auditorium in Knight Hall.

Anderson Cooper is the anchor of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°. Mr. Cooper will give brief remarks and then take questions from the audience.

Due to limited seating, tickets will be distributed beginning at 2 p.m. outside of Emerson Auditorium, and doors will open at 2:30 p.m. You must present a valid WashU student ID for admittance (no exceptions).

Founders Day commemorates the university’s founding in 1853. The university began celebrating Founders Day as part of the 100th anniversary of Washington University in 1953. Charles Malik, then minister of Lebanon, was the first Founders Day keynote speaker.

Founders Day has always served as an important occasion to reflect upon the university’s progress as well as its history. In honoring distinguished alumni, outstanding faculty, and its most treasured friends, Washington University recognizes the many people who have contributed to the university’s success and its bright future. For more information about Founders Day, visit

Questions? Call 314-935-7379 or email

View campus maps, directions and parking info