UNT celebrates 125th anniversary

For 125 years and counting, the University of North Texas has fulfilled its mission to create leaders and visionaries. Our students and alumni embody creativity, curiosity and something else that distinguishes them and makes them successful — grit. These qualities are in UNT’s DNA, borne of an independent spirit that sets us apart. From admitting women on our opening day to pioneering water quality research for the region, establishing the nation’s first jazz studies program and becoming one of the first universities in Texas to desegregate, UNT always takes the road less traveled on our path to excellence.

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Upcoming events

Wingspan Week
April 11-17, 2016

A series of events to celebrate UNT’s 125th anniversary year including the grand opening and dedication of the new University Union, open houses and tours, concert series and the Wingspan Gala.

Union Dedication
April 15, 2016

Celebrate the new University Union with dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting event at 1:30 p.m.

University Day
April 15, 2016

Join us for University Day – celebrating when North Texas State College became North Texas State University in 1961 – with a flag parade at 11 a.m., followed by a program from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that includes the mayor’s proclamation, time capsule presentation, food and live music.


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Wingspan Gala

April 16, 2016

A green tie event honoring excellence in teaching, student success, notable alumni and generous donors begins at 6:30 p.m. at the new University Union. Also featured will be UNT’s historic exhibit, From Normal to Now, and the orchestral premiere of Richard DeRosa’s 125th anniversary composition for UNT, Suite for an Anniversary, performed by the UNT Concert Orchestra.

Celebrate 125 years

Special commemorative merchandise and promotional items celebrating 125 years since UNT’s founding in 1890, including the official tartan, are available for purchase at on campus locations and through local retailers.

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