Purple & Gold Day Celebration/The Western Challenge April 24, 2023!



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On Monday, April 24, Western Illinois University alumni and friends from around the world will come together as one Leatherneck family for our annual Purple & Gold Day Celebration/Western Challenge to celebrate the date on April 24, 1899 when the Illinois Legislature approved the creation of what would become WIU.

Submit your photo or video showing your support of Leathernecks everywhere to by April 24.

The Western Challenge

One Day. One Leatherneck Community. Many Reasons To Give.

When the Leatherneck community unites, there is no limit to what we can achieve for our students.

On April 24, join the Leatherneck community of alumni, friends, faculty, staff, parents, and students as we unite in giving to support the departments, scholarships, and causes most meaningful to us at Western Illinois University.

Give to something that influences everything.

2023 Purple and Gold Day Celebration Schedule of Events