Celebrate with us

Charles Sturt University is turning 30 in 2019 and we're inviting you to join the celebrations! This Foundation Day, Wednesday 17 July, we're hosting events on our campuses and online to recognise all the things that have made Charles Sturt University a fabulous place to study, live and work throughout its proud history.

The past three decades have been about creating opportunities in regional Australia, growing new campuses, shaping courses to meet industry needs, offering flexibility to make study possible and developing graduates who can give back to their communities. Now that's worth celebrating!

Share #TheBigMoments

What's your most memorable moment at Charles Sturt University? It could be the start of a lifelong friendship, an achievement on the sporting field, an inspiring lecturer or a triumphant graduation day.

We'd love to see your big Charles Sturt moments this Foundation Day. Share an old photo, a quirky story or a fond memory and use #TheBigMoments to be part of the celebrations online, no matter where you are now.

Follow our social media channels to see 30 stories of Charles Sturt achievement and flashbacks from the 1980s until today.

How to join the celebrations

We're holding 30th birthday parties and you're all invited! Whether you're a current student, a recent (or not-so-recent) graduate, a staff member or part of one of our communities, we'd love to see you at one of our campus or online events on Wednesday 17 July. A full program of events will be available soon.


Venue: The Gums

11.00am: Charles Sturt Excellence Awards for staff and students
11.40am: Cake cutting
11.45am: Commemorative tree-planting between the Gums and Building 753
11.55am: Staff bake-off judging
From 12.00pm: 30th birthday party with music by Josh Lindsay, free lunch and competitions including Lego building, trivia, lolly guessing and Cheezel tower building


Venue: Elders Space

11.30am: Welcome and Charles Sturt Excellence Awards

Venue: Food Bowl

From 12.00pm: 30th birthday party, including cake cutting, music by Gabbi Bolt, CHEERS lunch specials, lolly buffet
12.10pm: Commemorative tree-planting (outside Pulse)


11.00am: Official tree planting (campus entrance)

Venue: The Cafe

11.30am: Charles Sturt Excellence Awards
11.55am: Cake cutting
12.00pm: Foundation Day 30th birthday lunch


Venue: Templer's Mill

11.30am: Charles Sturt Excellence Awards
11.45am: Cake cutting
11.50am: Commemorative tree planting (at the pedestrian crossing) 
From 12.00pm: Foundation Day lunch featuring roaming photographer, free lunch, live music, best-dressed competition and giveaways

Port Macquarie

Venue: The Courtyard

11.30am: Charles Sturt Excellence Awards for staff and students
11.50am: Cake cutting 
12.00pm: Commemorative tree-planting (Outdoor amphitheatre)
12.00pm: 30th birthday party including live music by Mat Brooker, lunch, slushies, garden games including a bungee run, Jenga and Nerf Wars

Wagga Wagga

Venue: The Hub

11.00am: Charles Sturt Excellence Awards
11.40am: Cake cutting
11.45am: Official tree planting (outside The Hub)
From 12.00pm: 30th birthday lunch, including live music by Charles Patterson, CHEERS lunch specials, petting zoo and face painting


Venue: Wangaratta Regional Study Centre, 218 Tone Road

10.30am: Morning tea for students, staff and alumni


Can't make it to a campus? Join us online instead to hear from Charles Sturt University student and World Champion Sprint Cyclist Kaarle McCulloch, sharing her insights on sport, study and finding balance in a busy life.

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What is Foundation Day?

Charles Sturt University was created through an Act of Parliament that was formally incorporated on 19 July 1989. Each year, we celebrate the founding of our university with Foundation Day. Held on the Wednesday closest to 19 July, Foundation Day is a chance to come together and celebrate our proud history with our community of students, staff, alumni and supporters.