October 9, 2017

Guilford Recognized for 180th Anniversary

As Guilford College celebrates an exciting milestone — its 180th anniversary — it is being honored for its important contributions to the landscape of higher education by both the City of Greensboro and the State of North Carolina by the respective leaders — Mayor Nancy Vaughan and Governor Roy Cooper. 

Governor Roy Cooper is designating November 2017 as Guilford College Month in honor of the College. In his proclamation, he cites Guilford as “the fourth-oldest four-year institution of higher education in the State of North Carolina and the third-oldest coeducational institution of higher education nationally.” 

The governor’s proclamation will be read in full by Mark Edwards '90, Deputy Secretary of the N.C. Department of Administration, during halftime of the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Nov. 4. 

Additionally, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan has declared October 2017 as Guilford College Month for the city. She will deliver her proclamation in person on Oct. 11 on campus as part of the Meadowfed Community Luncheon program, an event for the community to come together to enjoy a meal of sustainable foods from the College farm, as well as food from local partners. 

“Both Governor Cooper and Mayor Vaughn note the many unique programs at Guilford that enrich the community with an excellent and practical liberal arts education,” says Ara Serjoie, VP for Advancement. “Their proclamations honor the fact that graduates of Guilford College have made significant contributions to Greensboro, North Carolina, and indeed the nation as elected/appointed officials, business-people, educators, jurists, healthcare professionals, community leaders, activists, and volunteers.”

Additionally, as Guilford approaches Homecoming and Family Weekend 2017, Ara shared his excitement with the Guilford community this weekend, saying “We are very excited to welcome back our alumni and families for what promises to be a very fun celebration of Guilford College. While we are enjoying a year-long commemoration of our remarkable history, we are also embarking on a new and exciting strategic program to embrace the future and ensure that Guilford not only sustains itself in the hyper competitive world of higher education, but thrives to write many more chapters in its amazing story.”