The University of Hartford celebrates its 59th birthday—known as Founders Day—on Sunday, Feb. 21. It was on Feb. 21, 1957, that Connecticut Gov. Abraham Ribicoff signed the charter that created the University of Hartford. UHart celebrated the founding with a birthday cake on Friday, Feb.19, at noon in the Commons:
In 1957, three existing schools—Hillyer College, the Hartt School of Music, and the Hartford Art School—came together at the time to form the new University as an educational resource for the Greater Hartford community.
The University has come a long way over the nearly six decades since its formation.
Today, the University of Hartford serves more than 5,000 undergraduate and 1,600 graduate students from 46 states and 61 countries, and has 90,000 alumni worldwide. The University has one of the most diverse student bodies in New England, and offers degrees in more than 100 programs in the arts, humanities, science, business, engineering and technology, education, and health professions.