Who are the men in the university’s first freshman class?

September 27, 2011
By Chris Saunders


Some stand with pride. Some stand with anticipation. Some were just young boys, not much older than 14, the age requirement to be part of the first freshman class to enroll in the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1889.

There were 72 students who arrived that year at what would later become NC State. Nineteen of them would graduate four years later in 1893.

We are working on a story for NC State magazine about the men in this photograph to coincide with NC State’s 125th anniversary celebration in 2012. And we need your help.

We have found a few of their names, but welcome any help our alumni can provide in identifying the young men in this photograph. Please feel free to leave a comment if you recognize any of them or email us at ncstate_editor@ncsu.edu.


One Response to “Who are the men in the university’s first freshman class?”

  1. Mary B. Rea-Poteat says:

    I am looking for the names/pics of the 1893 NCSU graduating class. John Laney Rea graduated that year. My great grand dad. Would like to know who he is in the 1893 graduating photo.

    My family is 5th generation NCSU grads–1893, 1919, 1948, 1985, 2007

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