UNCG Magazine

Celebrating UNCG's 125th Anniversary


UNCG’s 125th Anniversary is an exciting time. The university will celebrate the occasion throughout the year, with several events providing great occasions to celebrate the milestone.

125 years is cause for celebration

Oct. 5, 1892. The school bell rang. Classes were in session.


The day marked a bold move. It represented the state’s first public higher education opportunity for women.


In the 1880s, educational stalwarts Charles Duncan McIver and Edwin Alderman had traveled the state advocating for a public college for women. None existed in the Old North State.


The state legislature and governor approved the initiative.


Greensboro provided greater incentives than any other city. It would host a normal and industrial school, created primarily to educate future school teachers.


It would ultimately become a college and finally a university. When the UNC system was formed, the campus joined with UNC Chapel Hill and NC State to be the founding members of the system.


photo of McIver statue in front of Jackson Library

Yearlong Celebration

UNCG celebrates these 125 years of opportunity and excellence with a yearlong celebration, which began in June and will continue through the end of the academic year.

Several events will help commemorate the accomplishments of the past, as we look forward to the future.

photo of people dancing at Homecoming festival

Founders Day Celebration and Concert, Oct. 5

The historic Quad will be the site of an afternoon outdoor party – with plenty of “birthday cake” to mark the exact 125th anniversary of the university’s opening. On Founders Day evening at UNCG Auditorium, a performance by Grammy winner and alumna Rhiannon Giddens will headline the year’s University Concert and Lecture Series.

UNCG Homecoming 2017

The Biggest One Yet!

Heard the expression “Go big or go home”? This October at UNCG, go big when you come home. Enjoy a week of fun-filled days including the Alumni of Distinction Awards Celebration, Friday bonfire, Homecoming Party at Kaplan Commons and more. Plus, with a Children’s Festival near the Quad and “block party” extending all along Stirling Street, it’ll be a bigger Homecoming than ever before.


  • Reconnect with your friends – and make new ones
  • Take in great live music
  • Enjoy volleyball, rugby and the big UNCG vs. Mercer men’s soccer game
  • Dozens of alumni receptions & reunion celebrations
  • Early evening fireworks


Believe in the G, Feb. 21-22

The annual Believe in the G campaign is a 48-hour giving challenge. Show your support for the university that has meant so much to so many.

Reunion 2018, April 19-21

If you are a member of the Woman’s College Class of 1958 or UNCG’s Class of 1968, this is your weekend! Join us for a special reunion with your classmates.

Share the history and the fun

All are encouraged to share their UNCG stories and memories on social media using the hashtag #UNCG125.

Visit the 125th anniversary website

Want to learn more and see an anniversary film?

1891 or 1892?

The University Seal displays 1891. On Feb. 18 of that year, the N.C. legislature founded the institution. After 18 months – a site and president chosen, buildings designed and constructed, faculty and staff selected, students matriculated – the campus doors opened. Oct. 5, 1892, was that special day. The Centennial Logo 25 years ago commemorated 1892. The 125th celebration commemorates that first day of classes as well.