The campus community will gather together this Wednesday, Oct. 5, to celebrate Founders Day, an annual celebration that commemorates UNCG’s history.

The tradition dates back to 1909, when students of the State Normal and Industrial College (now UNCG) held the first Founders Day ceremony to honor the legacy of Charles Duncan McIver, the university’s founder. Since then, Founders Day has evolved into a broader celebration of the many university leaders that have shaped the institution.

This year, students, faculty and staff are invited to gather in the lobby of Cone Ballroom in Elliott University Center at 1 p.m. to celebrate with birthday cake.

One of the three original UNC system institutions, UNCG was founded in 1891 and officially opened on Oct. 5, 1892, with a student body of 198 and a faculty of 15. Final enrollment reached 223 at the end of the first year. The university now boasts more than 19,600 students, nearly 3,000 faculty and staff members and a wide range of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs.