Photography by Martin W. Kane
The North Carolina State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG) welcomed its first class of
students to Main Building (now Foust Building, pictured above) on Oct. 5, 1892


By Alyssa Bedrosian

June 2 marked the beginning of UNCG’s 125th anniversary celebration, a yearlong commemoration of UNCG’s history of opportunity and excellence as the university looks forward to the future. UNCG kicked off its 125th anniversary celebration with the unveiling of a new anniversary website, commemorative video and visual mark.
The interactive site includes downloadable “digital swag” for social media, smart phones, tablets and computers, a drone tour of campus, digital yearbooks and other unique ways for the UNCG community to explore the university’s history and participate in the celebration.
A special 125th anniversary event was held on Aug. 8 in conjunction with Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.’s State of the Campus Address. On Founders Day, Oct. 5, the university will host a campus-wide celebration and a concert featuring Grammy award winner and UNCG alumna Rhiannon Giddens.
Throughout the year, students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends are encouraged to share their UNCG story on social media using the hashtag #UNCG125. Anniversary-related posts may be featured on the anniversary website.
The institution was chartered in 1891 and welcomed its first class of students – approximately 200 women – nearly 125 years ago on Oct. 5, 1892. Now, UNCG is the largest university in the Piedmont Triad with nearly 20,000 students and more than 2,500 faculty and staff. To learn more about UNCG’s history, the anniversary celebration and the university’s plans for the future, visit