The event celebrates the birth of Charles Lewis Cocke, who served as president of Hollins from 1846 until his death in 1901. Even though Cocke came to Hollins after its establishment in 1842, he is considered the school’s founder because the institution would not have survived without his leadership during financial crises, disease epidemics, the Civil War, and other challenges. The annual Founder’s Day convocation will feature performances by the Hollins University Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, music faculty, and students with Steinway & Sons pianos. Associate Professor of English, T. J. Anderson, will present an original jazz poem written for the occasion and a brief address will be given by Professor of Music, Judith Cline. Following the convocation, enjoy light refreshments and an open house of Presser Hall, to view and hear more of the new Steinway pianos in classrooms, studios, and practice rooms. All of these events are free and open to the public.