Community Invited to Ashford University Day-Long Celebration on August 31

New Soccer Field Festivities Begin at 3 p.m.

The community is invited to Ashford University's day-long celebration of its largest class, Saints team spirit and first soccer game at the new Athletic Complex on Aug. 31. 

The celebration begins with a noon kick-off pep rally at the Ashford University campus, St. Clare courtyard, 400 N. Bluff Boulevard. Ashford University President Jane McAuliffe and University Vice-President and Campus Director John Ballheim will lead the Team Ashford brigade welcoming more on-campus students than ever before, firing everyone up for the evening's game and sharing exciting news announcements. 

Student ambassadors will conduct on-campus tours, open to the public from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Special events recognizing Tuition Scholarship recipients and Ashford University alumni will also be held throughout the day. 

At 3 p.m., the spotlight turns to the new soccer stadium, 1650 S. 14th St., with a Community Cookout at Clinton's newest landmark. Everybody – students, faculty and all of the Clinton community – is invited. The first 500 will be treated to free food and AU pennants. 

Dedication ceremonies are at 4 p.m. The historic first game on the new soccer field begins at 5 p.m. 

For the debut, the women's soccer team takes on Trinity Christian College. Last year, the Ashford Saints defeated the Trinity Trolls, who were ranked eighth in the nation. 

"Set in a scenic valley amidst rolling hills, our new soccer field is awe-inspiring with National Football League quality artificial green turf; Ashford's magnificent midfield logo; and dramatic stadium lighting. Bleachers will seat approximately 500. It's Clinton's own 'Field of Dreams'," Ballheim said.  

"The new school year is about to get off to a great start, and we look forward to sharing our enthusiasm and excitement with the community on Aug. 31."

About Ashford University

Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.