They were the first class to graduate with diplomas from “The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.”

The 1960s were a time of many changes. Woman’s College became UNCG. Tate Street was fully desegregated – many in the Class of 1964 played a role in making that a reality. Men enrolled in the longtime woman’s college. Customs and societal expectations were quickly evolving.

The Class of 1964 gathered at Reunion Weekend 2014 to share with each other: The impact they’ve had. The joys they’ve experienced and challenges they’ve overcome. Their memories of Woman’s College and UNCG.

A large banner in an Alumni House hallway offered alumni a way to collectively track their years since graduation. In the first hour of Friday’s gathering, alumni started filling it with milestones from the past half-century. “Grad school. Had a baby @ 37. Got M.Ed. Nixon visits China. Grad school. 1st grandchild. When climate change was finally established as real. Teaching again! First great-grandchild…”

Many faculty-led sessions included Social Media in Business and Education, a presentation on the evolution of both Home Economics and Physical Education, and a session titled “Scholarship and Community,” noted Mary Swantek, assistant director of alumni relations. The latter showcased undergraduate student research. During this session, attendees learned how UNCG is a leader in innovative and integrated learning through the development of UNCG’s learning communities.

The class raised more than $700,000 for its gift to the university.

They were impressed by the strides the university has made academically, says Donegan Root, associate director of alumni relations, and the improvements to the physical campus.

The 1964 graduates were able to see the university as it is today, says Mary Landers, director of alumni relations. “They loved the fact that although the university was so different, it also remained the same, rooted in service and the education of all.”

Read more about the gathering at UNCG Alumni News. See a photo gallery of Reunion 2014.

By Mike Harris, University Relations