Western Day

Western Day Banner 2022

Western Day is celebrated each year by the Western community on or around March 7 - the anniversary of the University’s founding in 1878. In 2022, we will celebrate Western Day virtually on Thursday, March 3. 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.


  • REQUEST your FREE Western Day Honey Bee Wildflower Mix Seed Packet (Gift offer opens February 28)
  • WEAR purple to mark the occasion
  • SUPPORT current Western students by making a gift to the faculty or area on campus that is most meaningful to you.
  • ATTEND a Western Day virtual event (Details coming soon)
  • SHARE how you are celebrating Western Day on social media using #purpleandproud
  • CHANGE your Twitter and/or Facebook cover to a Western Day image

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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.