Founder's Day was observed with a special celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary of the granting of Vassar’s charter, on January 18, 1861. The events of the first Founder's Day were portrayed, and a pageant, "Women of Culture in Five Ages," was presented.

Speakers representing the Students' Association, the alumnae and the faculty joined President Taylor in remarks on "The Founder and the College." Alumnae were the only outside guests.