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June 2 marks the beginning of UNCG’s 125th anniversary celebration, a yearlong commemoration of UNCG’s distinct history of opportunity and excellence as the university looks forward to the future.

The celebration kicks off exactly 125 days before Founders Day, Oct. 5, with the unveiling of a new anniversary website, commemorative video and visual mark.

The interactive site includes downloadable “digital swag” for social media, smart phones, tablets and computers, a drone tour of campus, digital yearbooks and other unique ways for the UNCG community to explore the university’s history and participate in the celebration.

The university was chartered in 1891 and welcomed its first class of students – approximately 200 women – nearly 125 years ago on Oct. 5, 1892. Now, UNCG is the largest university in the Piedmont Triad with nearly 20,000 students and more than 2,500 faculty and staff.

A special 125th anniversary event will be held on Aug. 8 in conjunction with Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.’s State of the Campus Address. On Founders Day, the university will host a campus-wide celebration with a free concert. Additional details will be announced later this summer.

Throughout the year, students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends are encouraged to share their UNCG story on social media using the hashtag #UNCG125. Anniversary-related posts may be featured on the anniversary website.

This anniversary is more than a milestone. For the university, it provides a context for sharing our story consistently. We want to be sure all our stakeholders know about our 125th and join us in celebrating our history and our future.  You can help by actively participating in this yearlong celebration. It’s easy.

·  Use the materials we have provided on our 125th anniversary toolkit site. This includes assets like logos for your communications and marketing materials, PowerPoint templates for your presentations. Consistency is very important.

·  Add the 125th Anniversary logo to your email signature – and use it on UNCG materials. The signature and instructions are available at the toolkit site too.

·  Use the excellent 125th anniversary video at your events and in your presentations. It is a great way to introduce UNCG to almost any audience.

·  Make sure your department’s web site has the special 125th Anniversary headers and footers across all web properties. Much of this will be handled automatically. But if you need help, just contact IT.

The yearlong celebration will continue through May 2018, and there will be more materials, assets, events and opportunities to come throughout the year, so stay tuned.

The 125th Anniversary Celebration web site, launching Friday, will be 125.uncg.edu.

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