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N.C. A&TSU celebrates 125 years in true Aggie style

Special to the Peacemaker / April 1, 2016

Throughout the school year, North Carolina A&T State University has been celebrating its 125th year anniversary with a series of events with the theme, “Our Pride, Our Future.”

“This is an exciting time to be a member of the Aggie family,” said Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. “This year we will celebrate the pride of our university – our rich history and traditions, the innovations and accomplishments of our students, alumni, faculty and staff – and look forward to our future of preeminence.”

Starting with one class in an annex of Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., A&T has grown to become one of America’s most highly respected land-grant, doctoral/research universities educating high-achieving students and attracting ambitious faculty and their innovative research across disciplines like the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as education, business, the social sciences, and arts and humanities.
A&T is entering its 10th consecutive year ranked No. 3 in research funding in the University of North Carolina System and remains the nation’s leading producer of African American engineers on the undergraduate level as well as a top producer of African Americans with degrees in STEM disciplines.

From the very beginning, this institution has been committed to preparing students to be global leaders in the careers of the future. The university’s more than 50,000 alumni of record continue to make valuable contributions to their respective industries and communities all over the globe.

To celebrate this tremendous milestone, A&T has sponsored several events which include the annual Faculty/Staff Institute held last August; the Birthday Bash March 24 and festivities will conclude with the 125th Anniversary Scholarship Gala on April 23 at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center. This formal event is a scholarship fundraiser and will include student performances and live entertainment. This event is open to the public.

In addition to these festivities, the university has challenged all alumni, students, as well as faculty and staff to participate in the combined 125 service projects.

As a recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Community Engagement Classification and a land-grant university, A&T has a special responsibility to strategically partner with groups and individuals on a local, national and global level to create a lasting, positive impact on social and environmental challenges that proactively respond to the needs of others.

For additional information about N.C. A&T State University’s 125th anniversary events, visit

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