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Founders' Day

Side view of Lynch Hall

On October 10, 1962, University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Edward H. Litchfield announced Pitt's intention to open a regional campus in Greensburg, PA.

Since then, the successes of over 10,000 students have written our story. Whether you were a student in the 1960s or in the 2010s, we are one community. Happy Founders' Day!

Founders' Day Duck Dash!

Get ready to burn rubber - presenting the annual Founders' Day Duck Dash – part of Blue & Gold Celebration 2021!

Watch the 2021 Duck Dash!

Student- and community-decorated rubber ducks will once again take to the waves of Slate Run Creek on campus. The ducks will race for the glory of a spot in campus history!

The name of the winning duck - and its student designer - will be added to the Founders' Day Duck Dash trophy!

Duck Dash 2019 winner photo Duck Dash trophy


How can I enter a duck in the dash?
This year's Duck Dash is over! See you at next year's Dash!

When does the dash take place?
The 2021 Founders' Day Duck Dash took place Thursday, October 7 at noon.

Do I have to follow rules for my duck design or duck name?

  1. No hate speech/imagery or cursing involved in the duck's design or name.
  2. No inclusion of duck performance-enhancing additions such as motors or sails.
  3. No inclusion of substances or materials that could damage the ecosystem of Slate Run Creek.

Can I have more than one duck in the race?

What happens to the ducks afterwards?
Our dedicated team of helpers will ensure that all ducks/duck-orations are collected from Slate Run Creek following the race. You will be able to keep your duck if you wish.

Email us if you have any more questions/concerns! We can't wait to meet your ducks!