Celebrating 225 years

Carolina celebrated its 225th anniversary at Memorial Hall on Oct. 12.

On Oct. 12 at 10 a.m., the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate 225 years of public higher education with a University Day ceremony reflecting on the past and setting sights on Carolina’s future.

University Day marks the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the University’s first building, making Carolina the birthplace of higher education in the nation. This year, Carolina observes its 225th birthday by embracing its future in service of a better state, a better nation and a better world.

Three speakers will reflect on the University’s past, present and future. James Leloudis, professor of history in the College of Arts & Sciences, will share insights on the University’s past and how it has shaped the Carolina we know today, as well as provide an update on the work of the Chancellor’s History Task Force. Felicia Washington, vice chancellor for workforce strategy, equity and engagement, will share unique insights on the Carolina of her lifetime — reflecting as a former student, staff member, Board of Trustees member and now administrator. Chancellor Carol L. Folt will discuss how lessons of the past and experiences of the present inform how Carolina will embrace the future.

For more information on University Day and the schedule of events, visit unc.edu/universityday.