It’s an exciting time in the 183-year history of Texas’ first university. Southwestern is kicking off its comprehensive campaign, Thrive: The Campaign for Southwestern, Friday, April 14–15, 2023, during the Building a Better Tomorrow weekend. The University invites Georgetown and the surrounding communities to be a part of this celebration. With the goal of raising $150 million to further elevate the University as it celebrates its 150th year of being in Georgetown, this multi-year campaign will enrich the lives of Southwestern students and create a campus experience like no other.

Friday, the University will launch several major components of the Campus Master Plan with a ceremonial groundbreaking. These projects include the renovation of Mood-Bridwell Hall, the construction of two new LEED Gold standard residence halls, and a new Welcome Center. Throughout its history in Georgetown, Southwestern has always dedicated itself to the service and betterment of the local community while being a leader in higher education. These projects will transform Texas’ first institution of higher education for generations to come.

Friday evening, join us for live music, free food, and fireworks from 7–10 p.m. at the Roy H. Cullen Academic Mall! Around 8:30 p.m., Southwestern will share exciting news about our future as a leader in higher education. The brief program will be followed by fireworks.

The weekend also includes the Research and Creative Works Symposium and Spring Family Weekend.

The Research and Creative Works Symposium is an annual conference that showcases Southwestern students’ commitment to innovation, original research in diverse fields, and community-engaged learning. Hosted across campus during a daylong celebration, the symposium’s display of various intellectual interests, expertise, and in- and out-of-classroom experiences encapsulates the spirit of a liberal-arts education. The Georgetown community is encouraged to attend.

Spring Family Weekend welcomes parents to visit their students on campus and participate in activities, including athletic events, campus tours, and scholarly celebrations.

Registration for the weekend is open to the public and will close on Friday, April 7, 2023. Whether you register for one or all the events, we look forward to welcoming you to any of the activities. For more information, visit