Mother, So Dear is turning 179

This week will mark the 179th birthday of Wake Forest.

On Monday, Feb. 3, 1834, Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute opened its doors and admitted its first student. In those early days, students were schooled in agriculture by day and the Baptist ministry by night. They forged the values – hard work, dedication to helping others, and following one’s true passion – which are still synonymous with Wake Forest to this day.

Celebrate at the events below and use #wfubday on social media to share your moments or your favorite Wake Forest memories. For more information, see the Alumni website.

Monday, Feb. 4: “The Kick-Off”
Birthday Party in the Pit, 5 – 8 p.m.
Celebrate with birthday cake, festive hats, and more!

Tuesday, Feb. 5: “Celebrate Tradition”
Campus Tours at 1, 2 & 3 p.m., Upper Quad
Meet the Traditions Council at the Pro Humanitate Seal for a tour of sacred Wake Forest spots on campus.

Tuesday Trivia, 8 p.m., Shorty’s
Grab your friends and test your knowledge of all things Wake Forest! The winning team gets lunch with Provost Rogan Kersh.

Wednesday, Feb. 6: “Honor Mother, So Dear”
Birthday Card Bonanza, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pit Patio
Students can visit with the 1834 Campaign outside the Pit to express your gratitude for Wake Forest.

Thursday, Feb. 7: “Throwback Thursday”
Follow along #wfubday & #tbt online as campus social media outlets highlight moments from WFU’s past.
Be sure to check out WFU on Twitter and Facebook, ZSR Library on Facebook, Campus Life on Facebook, and Wake Forest Magazine on Facebook to revisit some of the best of days gone by.

Friday, Feb. 8: “Birthday Social”
Celebrate with President Hatch, 3–4 p.m., Green Room, Reynolda Hall
The campus community is invited to celebrate Wake Forest’s birthday and partake in light refreshments.

Saturday, Feb. 9: “Spirit Saturday”
Men’s Basketball vs. FSU, noon, Joel Coliseum
Come cheer on the Deacs! On your way in to the game, enter a raffle for a chance to win two courtside seats to the men’s basketball game against Georgia Tech on Saturday, Feb. 16. The winners will be announced during halftime.

Sponsored by: 1834 Campaign, Student Government, Campus Life, Tradition’s Council, Student Union, Office of the President, Alumni Office, Office of the Provost, WF Athletics, and Aramark.