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Belltower Celebrations

The famous NC State belltower lit red by night in celebration.

Since its completion in 1937, the Memorial Belltower has stood as a symbol of identity for NC State University, a timekeeper for tradition and a perpetual memorial to NC State students who gave their lives in defense of their country. As well as a memorial, the Belltower is a rallying point for students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the university community.

The Belltower is lighted for holidays that honor our veterans, such as Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day, and to celebrate NC State’s proudest occasions and achievements.

Academic Year 2023 – 2024

April 2024

4/15: NC State Women’s and Men’s Basketball Post-season Celebration

4/13: Baseball Series Win v. Clemson

3/31: NCAA Tournament | Men’s Basketball: NC State (76) v. Duke (64)

3/31: NCAA Tournament | Women’s Basketball: NC State (77) v. Stanford (67)

3/29: Baseball Series Win v. Notre Dame

3/29: NCAA Tournament | Men’s Basketball: NC State (67) v. Marquette (58)

3/25: NCAA Tournament | Women’s Basketball: NC State (79) v. Tennessee (72)

3/23: Baseball Series Win v. Duke

3/23: Gymnastics | ACC Championship

3/23: NCAA Tournament | Men’s Basketball: NC State (79) v. Oakland (73)

3/16: ACC Championship | Men’s Basketball: NC State (84) v. UNC Chapel Hill (76)

3/15: ACC Tournament | Men’s Basketball: NC State (73) v. Virginia (65)

3/14: ACC Tournament | Men’s Basketball: NC State (74) v. Duke (69)

3/13: ACC Tournament | Men’s Basketball: NC State (83) v. Syracuse (65)

3/12: ACC Tournament | Men’s Basketball: NC State (94) v. Louisville (85)

3/10: Wrestling | ACC Championship 

3/9: Baseball Series Win v. Boston College

3/9: ACC Tournament | Women’s Basketball: NC State (69) v. Florida State (43)

3/8: ACC Tournament | Women’s Basketball: NC State (54) v. Duke (51)

3/7: Recognition of Kenneth Adler, professor of cell biology in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences, and Craig Yencho, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in the Department of Horticultural Science, being elected to the National Academy of Inventors

3/7: Recognition of the founding of North Carolina State University

3/3: Women’s Basketball: NC State (75) v. Wake Forest (57)

2/29: Women’s Basketball: NC State (75) v. Syracuse (71)

2/24: Men’s Swimming and Diving | ACC Championship

2/24: Men’s Basketball: NC State (84) v. Boston College (78)

2/23: Wrestling | ACC Championship

2/18: Women’s Basketball: NC State (86) v. Georgia Tech (85)

2/17: Gymnastics | ACC Championship

2/15: Women’s Basketball: NC State (59) v. Notre Dame (43)

2/5: Women’s Basketball: NC State (77) v. Louisville (67)

2/3: Men’s Basketball: NC State (82) v. Georgia Tech (76)

2/1: Women’s Basketball: NC State (63) v. UNC (59)

1/30: Men’s Basketball: NC State (74) v. Miami (68)

1/28: Women’s Basketball: NC State (82) v. Boston College (61)

1/25: Women’s Basketball: NC State (71) v. Clemson (49)

1/21: Women’s Basketball: NC State (72) v. Duke (57)

1/16: Men’s Basketball: NC State (83) v. Wake Forest (76)

1/13: Men’s Basketball: NC State (89) v. Louisville (83)

1/12: NC State Cheerleading National Championships | Girls 4 Group Stunt

1/11: Women’s Basketball: NC State (93) v. Virginia (66)

1/6: Men’s Basketball: NC State (76) v. Virginia (60)

1/4: Women’s Basketball: NC State (88) v. Florida State (80)

1/3: Men’s Basketball: NC State (54) v. Notre Dame (52)

12/31: Women’s Basketball: NC State (72) v. Virginia (61)

12/16: Fall Commencement

12/2: Men’s Basketball: NC State (84) v. Boston College (78)

11/25: Football: NC State (39) v. UNC Chapel Hill (20)

11/18: Football: NC State (35) v. Virginia Tech (28)

11/18: Women’s Cross Country NCAA Championship

11/11: Veterans Day

11/11: Football: NC State (26) v. Wake Forest (6)

11/5: Football: NC State (20) v. Miami (6)

10/28: Football: NC State (24) v. Clemson (17)

10/27: Women’s Cross Country ACC Championship

10/6: Recognition of Kelsey Mills, Governor’s Award for Excellence Winner

9/22: Football: NC State (24) v. University of Virginia (21)

8/26: Packapalooza

8/14: Recognition of Bill Carlson, Governor’s Award for Excellence Winner

The Belltower will also be lighted for events celebrated by the campus community:

  • Spring and fall commencements
  • Welcome Week finale — Packapalooza
  • Celebration of faculty excellence
  • Recognizing the founding of NC State University
  • Induction of a member of the NC State faculty into the National Academies
  • The awarding of a Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, National Medal or Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering.
  • The awarding of a North Carolina Award or Governor’s Award for Excellence
  • The awarding of the Oliver Max Gardner Award
  • The awarding of the Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • The awarding of the Governor James E. Holshauser, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service
  • The awarding of a Churchill, Clarendon, Gates Cambridge, Goldwater, Knight-Hennessy, Madison, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Harry S. Truman or Udall scholarship
  • The inauguration of the president of the University of North Carolina System or installation of the chancellor of NC State University
  • Atlantic Coast Conference victories at home or away for football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball or baseball (series win)
  • Select postseason victories for football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball or baseball (e.g., football bowl win, basketball Sweet 16, baseball super regional)
  • ACC championships for any team sport
  • National championships for any team or individual sport
  • Other celebrations at the discretion of the chancellor

Requests for additional events will be considered by the chancellor and the university’s executive officers. Send requests via email to Chief of Staff and Secretary of the University Paula Gentius at Paula_Gentius@ncsu.edu.