Founders' Week 2019

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.

This year's Founders' Week celebrates the inauguration of Dr. Mike S. Allen, Barry's 7th president, and honors our founders and religious sponsors, the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Founders' Service Day

8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Historic Virginia Key Beach Park
Meeting Location: Barry University, Andreas 111

Historic Virginia Key Beach Park

Join President Allen, students, faculty, staff, and alumni to honor the university's collaborative service tradition and take part in the inaugural community service activities of Barry's 7th president. Families and friends are welcome to participate.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all attendees.

Attire: Closed-toe shoes with socks are required, as well as long pants and long-sleeve shirts. Please remember your sunglasses and hats. Sunscreen and mosquito repellent will be provided.

For more information, contact CCSI at

Core Commitments Luncheon

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Gymnasium
Please bring your Barry ID for check-in

Join us for the Founders' Week Core Commitments Luncheon presented by students and faculty from Barry's Colleges and Schools. This year's luncheon will highlight interdisciplinary academic projects that demonstrate Barry's mission-in-action.

Lunch is included.

Inaugural Activities for President Allen

Transforming Lives for a Greater Tomorrow

Pool Party: Aqua Fresh Inaugural Splash Down

2:00 p.m. | Penafort Pool

All Barry students are invited to mix and mingle with President Allen for a fun, casual, tropical afternoon under the sun. Have a mocktail or grab a sweet delight from the decadent dessert bar. Slide down the 50-foot water slide and chill out with friends in the relaxing lounge area!

Institutional Reflection Day

Participate in various activities designed to honor the vision of our founders and their impact on the world today. Activities will include historical traditions as well as contemporary expressions of our university motto- Learn, Reflect, Serve.

9:30 am | Freshman Tree Planting Ceremony | between Wiegand & Twohig
Find more information about the tradition here.

10 am - 12 pm | Stop by any of the following locations to participate in one or more of the reflection activities below:

  • Learn: Tour Barry Archives Exhibit | Lehman 201
  • Reflect: Walk the Labyrinth and practice Contemplative Sitting | Andreas 111
  • Serve: Volunteer for the Bahamas Backpack Initiative | Landon Events Room

Barry Men's Basketball Game

1 pm – 3 pm | Gymnasium

Basketball Game

Barry University students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the Buccaneer Men's basketball team for the Founders' Week celebratory game against the Staten Island Dolphins. Half-time will include a reflection activity.

Barry Community Fest

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Campus Mall

Community Fest

All Barry University students, faculty, and staff are invited to a fun and festive afternoon of student performances, games, food, and team competitions. Competitions will include musical chairs, bed races, and an interactive obstacle course.

This year's theme is Destinations! Come dressed as a "Tacky Tourist" by incorporating your red Barry Spirit shirt and receive free accessories to enhance your look.

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

Photo Albums:

2018 Distinguished Lecture and Roundtable Lunch Discussion

Building Resilient Communities: Adrian Dominican Sisters & Social Justice

2018 Founders' Week Core Commitments Luncheon