Western Day


Western Day is celebrated each year by the Western community on or around March 7 - the anniversary of the University’s founding in 1878. It is a time for alumni, students, faculty and staff - wherever they are around the world - to reconnect and share in a celebration of everything #purpleandproud.

View photos from Western Day 2020 events and photo sweepstakes.

  • WEAR purple to mark the occasion
  • ATTEND the Community Coffee Break at the Spoke
  • CHANGE your Twitter and/or Facebook cover to a Western Day image
  • SHARE your Western Day posts and photos on social media (don’t forget #purpleandproud)



Founded on March 7, 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth (1817–1901) of the Anglican Diocese of Huron, ‘The Western University of London Ontario’ opened its doors to students for the first time in 1881 with four faculties – Arts, Divinity, Law and Medicine. Learn more about Western’s history here.