Founders Week

Founders Day is a time when CSULB celebrates its rich past and promising future. On September 28, 1949, Los Angeles-Orange County State College began its first day of classes. 169 students were enrolled for the first semester taught by 13 full-time faculty.

Today, CSULB is the second largest of the 23-school California State University system (CSU), encompassing 322 acres, and ranks among the highest enrolled California universities with the student body numbering nearly 38,000 for the fall 2022 semester.

On Wednesday, September 28th, the university will celebrate its annual Founders Day. Founders Day began in 2019 out of a desire to honor all who have made a significant impact on our community. Founders Day allows us to highlight the values that sustain our school, the people who have shaped it, and its enduring mission of providing highly valued undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities. 

Founders Week Activities:

Enjoy a pre-performance dessert reception, meet fellow alumni and friends before the Al Franken performance.  CSULB Alumni receive $10 off 2 tickets to see Al Franken and all attendees are welcome.  Please use promo discount code FOUNDERS5 when purchasing tickets.

CPAC Terrace  

6:30 p.m.  

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Alumni that attended CSULB during the 70’s take a walk down memory lane and discover all the latest additions and updates to the university.   

Anna W. Ngai Alumni Center 

10:00 a.m.  


Live Broadcast: Beach Nexus groups with Recreation & Leisure Studies Alumni (RALSA)


12:00 p.m.

Join President Conoley and key campus and community Leaders as we celebrate the Grand Opening of the state-of-the-art Anna W. Ngai Alumni Center.  Reception in “lawn area” across the street of the Alumni Center, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house.   

Register here to attend the Alumni Center Grand Opening.

Brotman Hall South Lawn/ Ngai Alumni Center  

5:30 p.m.  

To kick-off our Alumni Fireside Chat series hosted in the Anna W. Ngai Alumni Center we are proud to feature Anna W. Ngai who will share insight into her recently released book.  

The Alpert Family Room - Ngai Alumni Center 

7:00 p.m.  

In this deep-dive webinar, New York Times bestselling author, Charlene Li, will explore how to be in harmony with these contradictions so that we can sustain our organization in the face of ongoing disruptions.   

Alumni Learning Consortium  

9:00 a.m. 

Join us at the iconic GO BEACH letters in celebration of CSULB's 73rd Birthday also known as “Founders Day”. Enjoy some snacks and photo opportunities with Elbee and participate by posting a birthday note on our celebration wall. CSULB students who post a birthday message will be provided a Domino's Pizza voucher (while supplies last). 

Also, tune in to our social channels at 9:00 a.m. for a special Founders Day message from President Conoley.  

GO BEACH letters next to Brotman Hall  

11:30 a.m.  

A panel of alumni business owners share insights into starting their own business across various industries.  


2:00 p.m.

Follow @csulbalumni on social media to learn about the “No Barriers Campaign” and how you can get involved.  

Join the campus community in support of the Women’s Volleyball game on Saturday, October 1 as they take on Hawaii.

Legendary Beach women’s volleyball coach and distinguished alumnus, Brian Gimmillaro, will be recognized.

First 100 alumni that visit our booth will receive an alumni license plate frame.  

Walter Pyramid Terrace 

5:30 p.m.   

Join the campus community in support of the Women’s Volleyball game on Saturday, October 1 as they take on Hawaii. Legendary Beach women’s volleyball coach and Distinguished Alumnus Brian Gimmillaro will be recognized.

7:00 PM