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1895-2020: Celebrating UMD's History

On April 2, 1895 Minnesota Governor David. M. Clough signed legislation approving the creation of the State Normal School of Duluth. Eight years later, in 1903, seven women graduated with teaching degrees. In 1921, the Normal School became the Duluth State Teacher’s College and in 1947, the Teacher's College was named the Duluth Branch of the University of Minnesota.

Throughout 2020, the University of Minnesota Duluth celebrates its 125th anniversary. In those 125 years, UMD has graduated nearly 80,000 individuals. Our alumni come from across Minnesota, the region, the country, and the world. As teachers, social workers, scientists, engineers, artists, and leaders, their impact has been enormous. Let’s celebrate all that we have accomplished and look ahead to the work we have before us.

Celebrate UMD's 125th Anniversary with the Office of Alumni Relations.

We invite you to share your alumni memories as UMD celebrates its 125 year anniversary. Be a part of activities throughout the year and celebrate alumni contributions to their communities, the campus, and the world.