Founders Day Ball to be held at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Event on Feb. 29 will offer 2,500 tickets

Founders Day Ball to be held at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

This article has been updated with a correction.

The annual Founders Day Ball will be held at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on Feb. 29, Student Government announced on Wednesday.

The event, hosted by Student Government, will celebrate the University’s 127th anniversary since its founding in 1893. Tickets for the event are free and will be released starting on Monday, Feb. 3. Students will be able to access tickets through a class-specific code, and free busing will be provided to the event. 

Director of Founders Week Colin Colchamiro describes the ball as a great opportunity for AU to come together, reflect on the University’s past and think about the future.

“We don't get to do things like coming together for football games since we don't have a team,” Colchamiro said. “So there are, I think, at our school, not as many times that are focused about just camaraderie and coming together. That's what's really special about this ball.” 

This year, 2,500 tickets will be offered, the same amount as last year’s event, which was held at the National Air and Space Museum Center in Virginia. The Natural History Museum features exhibits such as the Ocean Hall, the Hall of Mammals and the Hall of Fossils. The venue, located on the National Mall, is part of the Smithsonian's museum complex. 

The Ball is part of Founders Week, a week of events that will last from Feb. 22 to Feb. 29. More events for the week will be announced soon. Past balls have been held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Newseum, National Portrait Gallery and National Air and Space Museum.  

nheller@theeagleonline.com, kcartelli@theeagleonline.com 

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