NCCU Celebrates 110 Years

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Join North Carolina Central University in celebrating its 110th year of fulfilling founder Dr. James E. Shepard’s vision of developing students of character through rigorous academic training and a commitment to public service. Continue to visit this site for event updates.

The Words of Dr. Shepard

In February 1946, NCCU Founder Dr. James E. Shepard gave a statewide radio address titled "Our Mutual Tasks." Listen to a short snippet from his powerful speech.

Dear Old N.C.C.

Listen to an audio recording of NCCU's Alma Mater, “Dear Old N.C.C.” The lyrics were written by Dr. Shepard's wife, Annie Day Shepard, and revised by Alston W. Burleigh. The music was composed by renowned composer, arranger and concert artist, Harry T. Burleigh, and copyrighted in 1939 by Dr. Shepard.


Chartered as the National Religious Training School and Chautaqua for the Colored Race, Inc.


Reorganized as the National Training School


Purchased by State of North Carolina and renamed the Durham State Normal School for Negroes


Institution is established as liberal arts college – N.C. College for Negroes


First graduate programs established


The School of Law opens


Founder Dr. James Shepard passes away. Institution renamed North Carolina College at Durham.


College is given university status by state legislature and renamed North Carolina Central University


NCCU becomes part of UNC System


Art Museum opens


$1 million gift from Glaxo Inc. establishes university’s first endowed professorship


BBRI opens


BRITE opens


Clyde R. Hoey Administration Building renamed as James E. Shepard Administration Building


NCCU Men’s Basketball named MEAC Regular Season Champions for third consecutive year

Travel with Dr. James E. Shepard

Explore the global travels of Dr. Shepard during his three-month journey in 1907 that would ultimately inspire him to found the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua for the Colored Race, Inc., in 1910.

From a Dream to New Horizons

Much of North Carolina Central University’s history is bound up in the biography of its founder. As we celebrate the campus’s 110th anniversary in 2020, we will hear a great deal about Dr. James E. Shepard’s life and his successes, but we also must understand the hardships he overcame in turning his dream into a reality. 

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