Celebrating Appalachian’s History
The beginning of the new academic year is an excellent time to celebrate our university’s rich history and traditions. We hosted Black and Gold Convocation earlier this week, and on Founders Day — Thursday, Sept. 5 — our 120-year legacy of innovation and educational leadership will be on full display for the Appalachian Community, with an afternoon of events that celebrate our Mountaineer spirit.
We host this event annually to honor the first day of classes at Watauga Academy in 1899 and to recognize our founders — B.B. and D.D. Dougherty and Lillie Shull Dougherty. We also will inaugurate a new tradition during which 12 members of the Appalachian Community will ring the Founders Bell for the very first time and be inducted into the Bell Ringers Society.
The principles set forth by our founders guide us as a forward-thinking university that excels at scholarship, research, sustainability and global engagement. Examining our past reminds us of our resiliency and our commitment to increasing access to education for all. By embracing the university’s history and the ties to our mountain home, our graduates leave Appalachian with an enduring love and respect for our region and the values they have seen put into practice here.
I hope you will join us for Founders Day. It is sure to be a memorable event.
Sheri Everts, Chancellor