In 1909, students of the State Normal and Industrial College (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) commemorated the founding of the school and the legacy of Dr. Charles Duncan McIver with the first annual Founders Day ceremony. More than 100 years later, that tradition lives on.

Students, faculty and staff gathered earlier today in the lobby of the Cone Ballroom in the Elliott University Center to participate in the century-old Founders Day observance. The university celebrated with a special luncheon, birthday cake and the ringing of the university bells.

One of the three original UNC system institutions, UNCG 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. Nearly 125 years later, the university now boasts more than 19,000 students, 3,000 faculty and staff members and a wide range of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs.

Check out a visual timeline of the event below:

UNCG celebrated Founders Day Monday, Oct. 5, to remember the legacy of Charles Duncan McIver, the university’s first president. UNCG was founded in 1891 and opened as the State Normal and Industrial School on Oct. 5, 1892.

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations
Storify media collection compiled by Morgan Glover, University Relations