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Quad was packed with fun for Founders Day

Thousands of UNCG students, alumni, faculty and staff gathered together last Thursday 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.”

UNC President Spellings spoke to the large crowd of Spartans as well. “Wow, what a terrific day to be in Greensboro and to be at UNCG!”

She and the chancellor led everyone in the singing of singing ‘Happy Birthday’ for the university with UNCG’s Bands of Sparta pep band joining in.

See lots of social media photos and posts at UNCG Now.

By Alyssa Bedrosian. Storify by Morgan Glover.

Photography by Alycee Byrd.