Founders Day

Posted on September 27, 2017

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It’s going to be a sweet 125th anniversary.

On Oct. 5, 1892, UNCG opened its doors to the first class of students. Now, on the 125th anniversary of that monumental day, UNCG celebrates a legacy of opportunity and excellence on campus, online and on television. And yes, there will be a anniversary cake – 125 feet in length, complete with images of yesteryear.

On Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, join Chancellor Gilliam, fellow students, alumni and friends by wearing UNCG Blue and Gold in celebration of Founders Day. Beginning at 4 p.m., the Quad will host the Founders Day Festival, celebrating 125 years. Join in the fun and enjoy live music, food-truck dining, photo booths and a piece of UNCG’s cake.

“These 125th-anniversary celebrations and activities serve a number of purposes,” said Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “They remind us of our history and enable us to honor the leaders, alumni, faculty and staff who have helped build this exceptional institution. While commemorating our remarkable past, these events help current students understand that they are part of something unique, significant and enduring. They provide a platform for us to think about the future and the giant steps we are taking.  And they help us create pride and excitement across our community as UNCG rightfully steps into the spotlight as one of the best universities in our system, in our state, and on a national and international stage.”

  • Participate in the university’s social media contest by tagging your photos #UNCG125 for a chance to win an anniversary prize pack.
  • Brush up on your history of the university by reading the just-published fall edition of UNCG Magazine. In mailboxes and online, read how students have come from every part of North Carolina and beyond to learn, to prepare for careers and to stretch themselves. Impactful stories of personal and regional transformation, because of UNCG, can be found at every turn of the page. Share pieces of the past and present by visiting the new UNCG Magazine site today, at (for 125th Anniversary themes stories) and at for the full magazine.
  • Later this month, vignettes highlighting UNCG’s historic past and impact on Greensboro and the Triad can be viewed on WXII-TV. Enjoy a sneak peek of the vignettes now.
  • Remember the anniversary website is always a great place to look back in time and learn something new about UNCG through this celebratory period.

Happy Birthday, UNCG!

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