Leave it to the Class of 1963 to make a name for itself — again. The last class to graduate from Woman’s College announced a record-breaking class gift of nearly $2 million to UNCG at its 50th reunion celebration last weekend.

Until now, that distinction had been held by the Class of 1958, which in 2008 announced a gift of $1,082,000 at its 50th reunion.

The latest gift, a combination of cash and pledges totaling $1,974,000, was announced Saturday during the Grand Reunion Brunch. The gift will support the university’s Quad renovation; establish new scholarships and support existing ones, particularly the UNCG Guarantee; create program enrichment funds for departments; and support the university’s greatest needs.

“I am very appreciative of the Class of 1963′s generosity,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady said. “Raising more than $1.9 million is an incredible accomplishment and demonstrates the love and admiration this class has for its university.

“Thousands of students, now and into the future, will benefit from the impact that the Class of 1963 has made on both our Quad and our mission to provide much needed scholarship support and program funds,” Brady said.

The UNCG Guarantee is a need-based financial aid program that helps in-state students graduate in four years with little or no debt as well as provides a support program to encourage academic and personal success.

Story by Betsi Robinson

Photo by Wesley Brown