» Founders Day

2020 EVENT CANCELATION: Out of an abundance of caution, the Office of Church Relations at Chapman University announces the cancellation of the Founders Day celebration with guest speaker, Rev. Dr. William Barber II, on Saturday, Mar. 14, 2020. We apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment.

The Centers for Disease Control discourages large gatherings and has informed the University that persons over 60 are most at risk for COVID-19 (coronavirus).

There are no known cases of coronavirus at Chapman University and the risk of the disease within Orange County remains low according to our local public health agency, Orange County Health Care Agency.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Barber has agreed to a new speaking date, March 13, 2021. Please save the date.


Founders Day is an annual celebration of the heritage of Chapman University, founded by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Since 2010 we are also officially related to the United Church of Christ. At Founders Day, we:

  • Learn from a renowned scholar;
  • Worship together, hearing a great preacher;
  • Recognize a UCC and Disciples Church Leader of the Year and celebrate their accomplishments;
  • Enjoy time with Disciples and UCC students from across the country;
  • Reconnect with Disciples and UCC alumni and parents of current students;

Come back to this site during the winter for complete information about the date!

Contact Us


(714) 997-6760 office

churchrelations@chapman.edu