Founders' Week

The Founders' Week tradition celebrates Barry's history, Catholic, Dominican identity and Adrian Dominican foundation. Through scholarly and joyful events, we highlight the University's faithfulness to its Mission and Core Commitments.

Historic Virginia Key Beach Park

Founders' Week Schedule

Please join us for a weeklong series of remote and in-person events sponsored by various departments across campus!

Saturday 11/7Founders’ Day of Service
9:00 am- 1:00 pm
Remote and various locations in walking distance of campus

Join faculty, staff, and students to kick off Founders’ Week with a day of service in the areas surrounding Barry’s Miami Shores campus. Participants will contribute to urban gardening, support schools, and participate in neighborhood beautification projects in honor of the university’s collaborative service tradition.

RSVP required
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Sunday 11/8First Gen Day
6:00-8:00 pm
Chapel Steps

Students are invited to celebrate National First-Generation Student Day to honor students who are the first in the family to attend college. Pick up your free First Gen swag, stop by the food truck, interact with support services, and participate in activities such as drumming, lawn games, and more.

Monday 11/9Founders’ Week Mass
12:00 pm
Livestream and Cor Jesu Chapel

The Department of Campus Ministry invites the Barry community to kick-off Founders' Week with the Founders' Week Mass available via live stream.The traditional Founders' Week Mass honors the vision and legacy of Mother Mary Gerald Barry, Bishop Patrick Barry, Monsignor William Barry, Mayor John Thompson, and the Adrian Dominican Sisters for whom Barry is a sponsored institution.

RSVP Required
Freshmen Tree Planting
1:00 pm
Main Campus

Arbor Day, first celebrated in 1941, called for every class of freshmen to plant a tree to symbolize their growth over the years. This tradition honors that while classes will come and go, the tree will remain as a commemoration of their contribution.

Walk the Labyrinth
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Andreas 111

The Labyrinth is one of the oldest known contemplative spiritual practices walked by millions of people of all cultures for many reasons. Join us to walk the Labyrinth at your own pace and experience this reflective tradition embraced by our Adrian Dominican sisters.

Tuesday 11/10Kickball Challenge
4:00- 6:00 pm
Soccer Field

“Kick-off” during the first annual Faculty and Staff versus Student Kickball Challenge. Join a team, take a break and enjoy food and fun in the sun. Showcase your favorite Barry gear!

Wednesday 11/11Core Commitments
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

Join us for the Founders’ Week Core Commitments presentation. Students and faculty will present exemplary collaborative projects that demonstrate Barry’s mission and core commitments in action.

RSVP Required
Thursday 11/12Networking with the Pros
7:00- 8:30 pm

More information at Alumni Homecoming page
Glacier Lounge: “An Icy Experience”
8:00 pm-12 midnight
Landon Courtyard

Florida, prepare yourself! We are about to witness the coldest day this fall. Come join the office of student life at our 2020 Homecoming Experience

Friday 11/13Barry Community Fest
1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Campus Mall

It’s time to celebrate!!! BarryU turns 80. Get your team ready! All Barry University students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Campus Mall for a fun and festive afternoon of student performances, games, food, and team competitions. Show your Barry Spirit by dressing in red and black.

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Alumni Homecoming Weekend Events
More information at Alumni Homecoming page
Saturday 11/14Alumni Homecoming Weekend Events
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Sunday 11/15Alumni/Homecoming Barry College for Women Mass
11:00 AM
Live Streaming and Cor Jesu Chapel

To close out the weekend’s festivities, join us for a special Homecoming Mass via live stream.

More information at Alumni Homecoming page

For more information, contact the Office of Mission Engagement at or 305-899-3599.

2018 Distinguished Lecture and Roundtable Lunch Discussion

Building Resilient Communities: Adrian Dominican Sisters & Social Justice

2018 Founders' Week Core Commitments Luncheon