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Celebrate UMD's History and 125th Anniversary!

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1895-2020: Celebrating UMD's History

On April 2, 1895, the Minnesota State Legislature approved 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.

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The University of Minnesota Duluth Office of Alumni Relations fosters a spirit of pride and loyalty to the university by connecting, creating, and providing for all alumni and friends of UMD.

Vision 

The Office of Alumni Relations will identify where the needs and priorities of alumni overlap with those of students and the university. We will work with alumni to create programs that address these interests. These efforts will give alumni a greater voice in the present and future of UMD.

Mission

The Office of Alumni Relations mission is to foster a spirit of pride and loyalty to the university by connecting, creating, and providing for all alumni and friends of UMD. To encourage alumni to learn, reconnect, influence the student experience, and contribute to the direction of UMD.