Every year, Jacksonville University celebrates its birthday and the signing of its charter. In honor of our founding, the University hosts Charter Day, a daylong celebration involving service to our community, a reception on campus, and a Global Toast for our friends around the world who cannot be with us in person for the festivities.
Whether on campus or celebrating in your community, students, faculty, staff, and alumni are encouraged to join in the festivities, and wear your green and white with pride. View the 2018 Charter Week schedule.
Save the date for Charter Week: April 9-14, 2018.
Charter Week is a great opportunity for alumni to organize a spring reunion with their former classmates! Visit our reunions page for information on how to plan one.
We invite all Dolphin alumni, families and friends to "gather, give, toast & post" during Charter week using #JUtoast.
- GATHER with Dolphin friends in person or online
- GIVE of your time through volunteerism during Charter Week. Participate in our Jacksonville projects with students, faculty, staff and future Phins, or get involved in your local community (sporting your JU Gear!)
- TOAST your alma mater - raise a glass to celebrate JU's birthday
- POST your selfies of toasts and service projects on social media using #JUtoast and #JUgives
What is Global Toast?
JU's Global Toast 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 get together as a group of Dolphins 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.
How do I organize a toast in my city?
If you're interested in having a toast location in your city for the 2018 JU Global Toast, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea. Your toast doesn’t have to be a big party - it can be between two people or 20 people; it’s all about the honor of being a Dolphin. Find the Global Toast Party Kit here!
Students and Alumni
If you're a student, a GOLD Phin (Graduate Of the Last Decade) or you graduated 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!
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.
Click here for photos from the 2017 JU Global Toast
Click here for photos from the 2015 JU Global Toast
Click here for photos from the 2014 JU Global Toast