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April 16 

If you're a student, graduated this year, 5 years ago or 50 years ago, Global Toast in honor of Charter Day is for you. You're not just a dolphin for your college years; you're a dolphin for life!

You're a part of the Alumni Association... this is your chance to connect with JU alumni around the world. The connections you can make are infinite, so spread the word and who knows who you might be clinking your glass with.

What is Global Toast?
 

It’s our way of encouraging all JU friends and family to come together and raise a glass in honor of the University’s birthday. You can join us in one of several specified locations across the country or simply send us a selfie from your office, living room, or the best local haunt in your city throughout the day using #JUTOAST. Click here​ to join the JU Global Toast group on Facebook.

Why April 16th?

On April 16, 1934 Jacksonville University originally known as WM. J. Porter University signed its charter. In those early days, students were schooled in practices of law, arts and sciences, literature, language and commerce. The founder’s charter envisioned “the study of the principles and practices of law,” it also envisioned four degrees: bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of science in commerce, and bachelor of laws. This was hardly a modest proposal. School officials decided to scale plans down to a two- year program, a junior college rather than a university. That first academic year the school decided to operate as Porter University, and then commence the second year as Jacksonville Junior College- but without officially changing its name by amending the original charter. JU began to forge its values and build a strong university.