150 Years of Nevada history

150 years of Nevada history

A community-wide celebration beginning on October 12, 2023.

Campus scene, southwest view, 1900
This 1900 view of the University of Nevada campus from the northwest shows the historic Gymnasium, the Mechanical Arts Building, Morrill Hall, Lincoln Hall, the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station Building, and Hatch Hall.
Credit: Special Collections & University Archives - University Libraries

On October 12, 1874, the University of Nevada opened its doors to seven students in Elko, Nevada. Although an 1885 legislative bill moved the University to Reno, this moment in 1874 marked the humble beginnings of the State of Nevada’s original land grant university situated on the traditional homelands of the Northern Paiute, Washoe, Western Shoshone and Southern Paiute peoples.

150th celebration logo selected

A University of Nevada, Reno 150th anniversary logo, with the words University of Nevada, Reno above a banner that says 150 years. Below the words is a drawing of Morrill Hall surrounded by the words "Inspiring Excellence Since 1874". The logo is flanked by 1874 on the left and 2024 on the right.

The University asked The Wolf Pack Family for input in choosing our 150th anniversary logo. The response was overwhelmingly positive with thousands of votes. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends from near and far all weighed in. The enthusiastic response was a clear reminder that there is a great deal of pride associated with our University. We are proud to present the University of Nevada, Reno's Sesquicentennial logo.

Let's plan a celebration!

Ideas are being gathered now and will continue to be gathered throughout the coming year as we plan for the University Sesquicentennial celebration.

The University’s Senior Leadership Team, Faculty Senate, and Staff Employees Council have been asked to lead discussions that will contribute to the development of the University Sesquicentennial activities. ASUN, GSA and other student groups are being encouraged to develop ideas. As part of the Wolf Pack Family, you are involved in numerous University communities; please talk with your colleagues and think of how your affinity group, academic area, advisory committee, alumni chapter, beautification team, community liaison, business leader or other area of interest might play a role in the University’s Sesquicentennial.

Share your idea

We encourage the entire University of Nevada, Reno community to join in celebrating our University’s extensive and diverse history. Have an idea to help the University celebrate? Submit your idea today.

Share your event

Are you planning events for the 150th anniversary or have events that should be part of the 150th celebration? Share your event today!

Celebrating from October 2023 to October 2024

We hope that the entire University will join in when we begin celebrating our University’s extensive and diverse history starting October 12, 2023 and concluding Oct. 12, 2024. A Steering Committee will be formed soon. Regular updates will be shared with the campus as we make progress in developing the ideas that will, over the course of our Sesquicentennial Year, provide the basis for a campus- and community-wide celebration that will remind everyone what a special place our University has had in Nevada over the past 150 years.