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Founders Day 2021

Founders Week Event Schedule

Founders Day @ Spelman | April 8 - 11, 2021

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Please Note: All Founders Day activities are VIRTUAL. There will be no in-person Founders Day events this year. Despite our distance, let's celebrate Spelman’s 140 years together!

140th Founders Day Virtual Convocation

Spelman College 140th Founders Day Program


Sunday, April 11

Reverend LaKeesha Walrond Speaks at Spelman College 11 a.m. | Founders Day Worship Service

Join us for a word from The Reverend LaKeesha Walrond, Ph.D., C’93, president of New York Theological Seminary, New York, New York.

This event will be streamed on the Sisters Chapel YouTube and Sisters Chapel Facebook channels.


1 p.m. | 140th Founders Day Convocation

Tune in to commemorate the founding of Spelman through reflections, awards presentations, performances and the traditional laying of the wreaths on the plaques of Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles.

livestreamThis event will be streamed live on, Facebook and YouTube.


 Founders Week Activities

Wednesday, April 7

12 p.m. | Founders Day Fun, Featuring Spelman Faculty and Staff

Hosted by April King, staff council president, and Angela Farris Watkins, faculty council president, this will be a time of enjoyment for the community. The program will highlight faculty and staff's unique talents and include historical and interactive fun facts along with a few prizes.


Thursday, April 8

Alumna Wanda Smalls Lloyd c71 11 a.m. | History and Traditions Convocation

Wanda Smalls Lloyd, C'71, presents "Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism." Lloyd is an editor, author, public speaker and 2019 National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame Inductee. She will be introduced by her classmate and best-selling author, Tina McElroy Ansa, C'71. Additionally, the pair will talk about their co-authored anthology, “Meeting at the Table: African-American Women Write on Race, Culture and Community”.

Friday, April 9

6 p.m. | Founders Day Alumnae Celebration 

Celebrate the 140th anniversary of the founding of Spelman College, and recognize the 2021 Founders Day honorees.

Saturday, April 10

Day of Service Letter Writing Campaign

Send the graduating Class of 2021 off with congratulations and encouragement as they prepare the leave the gates of our beloved Spelman. We encourage you to write a letter or two to members of the graduating class to be randomly distributed in conjunction with their senior activities.

To participate, please mail your note with the envelope addressed to “C’2021 Graduate” enclosed in a second “outer” addressed to the Spelman College:

Office of Alumnae Engagement
350 Spelman Lane, SW, Box 304
Atlanta, GA 30314

Submit your letters by Friday, April 30, 2021. Please sign your note as “Your Spelman Sister.” You may include your contact information if you are comfortable.


Founders Day Spelchella5 p.m. | Spelchella: A Virtual Music Festival Founders Day Edition

Join us for an easy-listening virtual musical festival with our very own Spelchella featuring Glee Club students and alumnae.

This event will be streamed on the College's YouTube and Facebook channels.

  • Judge Brenda Cole c63
    In 1998, Judge Brenda Hill Cole was appointed as Judge of the State Court of Fulton County by Governor Zell Miller. After being reelected for four terms, she served until 2012 before she was appointed senior judge in 2013 by Governor Nathan Deal. She also served as a neutral at JAMS, an international mediation and arbitration firm until 2016.
  • Gwendolyn Harris Middlebrooks c61
    Dr. Middlebrooks began her teaching career in the Atlanta Public School System in 1961 and taught at the high school level for five years before returning to Spelman where she was employed for 42 years. As a tenured faculty member and administrator in the Education Department, Dr. Middlebrooks’ research, publications and presentations were focused on teacher leadership, leadership preparation and teacher education.
  • Spelman Founders Spirit Award Recipient Nettie Ware
    Nettie Ware loves working at Spelman and says it feels like her second home. She is responsible for cleaning the Living Learning Center II first floor and its guest suites and ensures the facilities and rooms are clean and prepared for both students and visitors. She finds enjoyment in preparing a cozy and clean place for others, and also delights in assisting students, alumnae, staff and guests on campus with their needs.