Since 2014, Franklin has organized an annual event known as University Day. Initially created to celebrate accreditation as a university institution in Switzerland, University Day has grown into a platform for highlighting new and ongoing initiatives that can inspire the Franklin community with innovative ideas, new projects, and research opportunities. In 2018, University Day was combined with Giving Day, an annual fundraising event that includes a day-long donation challenge known as “One Day. One Purpose.” The goal is to raise critical funding and engage the community to advance Franklin’s mission.

At Franklin we are driven by the principles of confidence, curiosity and connection. Our unique educational model empowers our students to become creative problem solvers, ready to tackle the challenges of an increasingly connected world. So when they came to us with the mental health challenges they are facing, we made student mental health and wellness our annual #OneDayOnePurpose Day of Giving initiative. 


One Day One Purpose

Franklin’s annual Day of Giving is Wednesday, April 19. This #DayofGiving, with your support, we’re determined to provide all of our students increased resources and support so they can continue to thrive in mind, body and spirit. Your gift will bring initiatives such as these to life: 

  • Increased availability and access to counselors and advisors
  • Wellness and stress management resources through mindfulness, nutrition and exercise
  • Physical spaces for improved student well-being
  • Group workshops and events that encourage knowledge and connection

On Wednesday, April 19, our #OneDayOnePurpose Day of Giving, let your purpose be helping us empower a community that prioritizes mental health, fosters curiosity, and encourages connection. Your generosity can make this a reality.






10:00 – 11:00

Graduating Seniors' meeting

Nielsen Auditorium

10:00 – 11:00

Fall '23 Academic Travel meetings

Kaletsch Campus and LAC Classrooms

11:00 – 12:00

Majors Fair
for students who want to know more about majors/minors, includes the option to declare



Sustainability Lunch organized in collaboration with the Green Office and the Senior Class

Grotto and President’s Lawn

13:00 – 16:00

Lugano Dance Project Workshop: Equilibrium

President’s Lawn

15:00 – 16:00 Community Listening Session

New C Student Lounge
(use the south building entrance to enter the Student Lounge from the Garden of Light)

18:30 – 18:45

Sarvnaz Alambeigi gives an intro to her film

LAC Conference Room

18:45 – 19:45 Film screening of 1001 Nights Apart (2022) by Sarvnaz Alambeigi LAC Conference Room
19:45 – 20:15 Panel with Elisa Volpi and Marcus Pyka followed by Q & A and moderated by Elettra Fiumi  LAC Conference Room

20:15 – 20:45 

Apéro Riche

LAC kitchen



North Campus Fountain

At Franklin, every gift makes a difference and participation matters.

Our innovative and generous Franklin spirit is always at the heart of giving initiatives on University Day, and this year is no exception. Your gift reflects our community’s strong commitment to contribute to a more sustainable future and responsible leadership. #OneDayOnePurpose


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