In 2019, Governors State University will celebrate 50 years of Innovation, Education, Leadership, & in Chicago’s Southland.

50th Anniversary Events 



Convocation 2019 - August 26, 2019 




Convocation at GSU is a time-honored tradition, officially signaling the start of the academic year. This ceremony is a welcoming event for new students and an opportunity to recognize recent achievements of the university. Special attention is called to the 50th with emphasis on Governors State University’s steadfast commitment to continuity and innovation.

Time: TBD

Place: Center for Performing Arts    
Price: Free


International Film Festival – September 5 - 8, 2019 



The Chicago Southland International Film Festival is a film festival located in University Park, IL and hosted by Governors State University.  The Festival provides an opportunity for filmmakers of all ages to share their work. With core values of inclusiveness, diversity, and promoting quality of life, we at GSU value an atmosphere that fosters a capacity to enjoy life through the fine arts and humanities.


Thursday, September 5

GSU Alumni Filmmaker Panel Discussion

Friday, September 6

Opening Day/Night
Short Film Competition
Center for Performing Arts

Saturday, September 7

Short Film Competition
Awards Ceremony
Center for Performing Arts

Sunday, September 8
Closing Day/Night
Feature Film Showcase (non-competition)
Center for Performing Arts


Sculpture, Wine, and Dine - September 14, 2019 




The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University hosts an annual al fresco benefit dinner amidst the park’s unparalleled art collection. This year’s Chair is Susan Manilow, daughter-in law of Nathan Manilow. Susan’s leadership will take this event to new heights. This landmark event provides a farm-to-table experience for 200+ guests to enjoy the finest in the culinary arts surrounded by large-scale art in an outdoor museum setting.

Time: TBD 
Place: Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park/E Lounge 
Price: $200


Business Week September 23-25, 2019  


The three-day program is designed to offer engaging professional networking and learning opportunities to the College’s key stakeholders - businesses, students, alumni, and the community. The program will consist of three events meant to engage all audiences.


Monday, September 23 
Dr. Rita McGrath “Ted Style” Talk 
“Seeing Around Corners”
Center for Performing Arts Stage


Tuesday, September 24 
Business Career Fair
GSU Campus


Wednesday, September 25 
Alumni Hall of Achievement Dinner
Odyssey Country Club



Come Join the Conversation!

at our series of FLASHBACK FRIDAYS events starting with the big Birthday Party/Reunion Event on July 17th, 2019 and continuing through the celebratory year into 2020.

Details are still being finalized, but check out the topics we are planning on our FLASHBACK FRIDAYS page.

Coming soon!


Homecoming October 19 - 26, 2019 

In fall 2019, Governors State University’s Homecoming will be an experience like no other! Students, faculty, and staff, along with alumni, parents, and community friends, will converge on campus for one amazing, multi-generational celebration.  

Jefferson-StarshipSaturday, October 19, 2019

Alumni & Donor Reception & Jefferson Starship 50 Years of Rock Performance

Time: 6pm Reception 

           8pm Show 

Place: Center for Performing Arts Stage 

Price: $50 show ticket includes premium reserved seating & complimentary pre-show reception 

           Additional $50 for VIP Meet & Greet 

Tickets available: or by calling 708.534.4105 or emailing

A full week of diverse Homecoming Activities are planned. Visit: for all the details!


2020 Anniversary Gala - April 25, 2020 


A special evening of fun, music and entertainment to celebrate GSU’s 50th anniversary. As a sponsor of our 50th Anniversary Gala, you will enable deserving, highly qualified students to attend our life changing programs, regardless of their financial situation. In addition, you and/or your company will be recognized before the 200+ attendees.

Time: TBD 
Place: Center for Performing Arts Stage 
Price: $100


Photos courtesy of the GSU Archives,