Spartans sure know how to throw a party.

Thousands of UNCG students, alumni, faculty and staff gathered together yesterday for a campus-wide Founders Day celebration. And it was one for the ages.

Festivities included the annual luncheon, a special Founders Day Festival on the Quad – featuring a 125-foot-long birthday cake – and an anniversary concert by UNCG’s own Rhiannon Giddens.

UNCG opened its doors to 198 students on Oct. 5, 1892. Fifteen faculty members taught in three areas: commercial, domestic science and pedagogy.

Now, UNCG boasts nearly 20,000 students, more than 2,500 faculty and staff, and over 120,000 living alumni.

“I think we can say it’s been a pretty good 125 years for UNCG,” said Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. during the Founders Day Festival. “One thing I can tell you is that we’re only going to get better.”

Couldn’t make it to campus? Check out the festival highlights in the Storify below.

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications
Storify compiled by Morgan Glover, University Communications