In 2019, Governors State University will celebrate 50 years in Chicago’s Southland. Join us for various events designed to reunite all who have been part of the history of what makes Governors State University great.


Come Join the Celebration!

Join us on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 as Governors State University commemorates 50 years of excellence
 and innovation with a day of fun and family and an evening of music and revelry at our annual Day of Giving Celebration.


The entire community will come together for a free “family reunion” on campus and then board a  complimentary bus to travel to Park Forest for Main Street Nights – a free concert featuring Maggie Speaks and Theo Peoples.


2 p.m.               Aerial Photo 
3 p.m.               Festivities 

3:30 p.m.         Entertainment

4:30 p.m.         Cake Cutting


The July 17 celebration is the inaugural event that marks the founding of GSU with a Day of Giving to continue a legacy of education.


Conceived as a bold, new model to transform lives through education in Chicago’s south suburbs, GSU opened the same week the U.S. sent Apollo 11 to the moon. Today, GSU is a full-service, four-year university celebrating 50 years of education, service, and commitment to its mission to be an “intellectually stimulating public square.”


We advance our mission through high quality programs supported by best practices, made possible in part, by the generous the support of our donors.


In honor of GSU’s 50th birthday, please join us on Wednesday, July 17. And please consider donating $50 or more to commemorate the university's anniversary and to support future GSU students. 
Visit  to donate. For more information, please call 708.534.4105.


RSVP to let us know you will celebrate with us!

Aerial Photo Shoot  


VIP Tent


Giving Opportunities

Photos courtesy of the GSU Library Archives

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