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60th Anniversary

AUP Founding Week 2022


Monday, March 21, 2022 - 00:00 to Sunday, March 27, 2022 - 23:45

Celebrating 60 Years of the AUP Community

The American College in Paris was founded 60 years ago on March 27, 1962. On that day our founder, Dr. Lloyd A. DeLamater, signed the new college’s charter, realizing his vision of an American international institution that transcended borders, cultures and narrow nationalisms.

During the week of March 21—27, the entire AUP community celebrated our first-ever Founding Week in honor of AUP’s 60th anniversary. That’s 60 years of studying on the Seine; 60 years of late night discussions in cafés and lifelong friendships forged in the AMEX; 60 years of study trips around the world; and 60 years of priceless memories that continue to inspire the global explorers of today.

Below is a review of the Founding Week events that took place on AUP’s campus and around the world.

Events Around the World

Tuesday, March 22

Madrid, Spain (organized by Victor Tarruella de Oriol '87)

London, England (organized by Saffy Mirghani '17) 

Los Angeles, CA 

Phoenix, AZ (hosted by Trustee Melanie Cissone '81)

Wednesday, March 23

Boston, MA (organized by Emily Ide G'19 and Petra Jenkins '88) 

Washington, D.C. (organized by Joan Steiger '18 and Maureen Clyne '76) 

Thursday, March 24

Montreal, Canada (organized by Holly Crandall '96 and Kakwiranoron Cook '95) 

Paris, France 

San Francisco, CA (organized by Jennifer Byrd '89) 

Miami, Florida (organized by Brian Keegan '81) 

Friday, March 25

New York, NY (organized by Ana-Belen Gomez '19) 

Nollywood Film Festival Virtual Watch Party (organized by Nadira Shakur '04)

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Thanks to the students, staff and faculty who joined us on campus for AUP Spirit Day. In case you missed it, festivities included:

  • A campus wide scavenger hunt
  • Wearing AUP colors and themed outfits all day
  • Prizes and activities in the Combes lobby
  • A photo booth, complete with giant AUP block letters and fun photo props

Want to see Spirit Day happen again next year? Let us know in this quick survey.



Thanks to all the AUP parents and families who joined us for “Coffee with the Founding Class Members,” where we discovered AUP’s past and present in a conversation with the first graduating classes of the American College in Paris.