Happy Founders' Day and 136th Birthday to UNC Pembroke!
Happy Founders' Day and 136th Birthday to UNC Pembroke! It was a beautiful day today to celebrate the founders of this historic campus and the 100th Anniversary of Old Main. It is always wonderful to hear the extraordinary stories and path that led to those humble beginnings in 1887. Croatan Normal School, as the institution was originally called began with one teacher, W.L. Moore, and 15 students in one building. The building was constructed by our ancestors at a site about one mile west of the present location, and the school opened in the fall of 1887. For many years the instruction was at the elementary and secondary level, and the first diploma was awarded in 1905. The ceremony was extra special today as several families of the original founders were in attendance, as well as some of the graduates from the 1950's.