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Celebrating 50 Years

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  •  November 15, 1965 - Dr. Millican opens the university's first offices above a drugstore in the First National Bank building on Church Street and Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando.

    November 15, 1965

  •  April 5, 1968 - The official University Seal is announced. In this photo, President Millican presents Millie Kennedy and Sonia Cirocco with commemorative copies in honor of National Secretaries Week, April 21-27. Both women contributed significantly in selecting Norman Van Meter and James Shattuck's Pegasus design.

    April 5, 1968

  •  June 24, 1968 - The library opens and becomes the first academic building on campus. Besides books, it houses administration, classrooms, and offices.

    June 24, 1968

  •  October 7, 1968 - The first day of classes and the first issue of the student newspaper which would become the Central Florida Future.

    October 7, 1968

  •  October 18, 1968 - The theatre is first housed in an inflatable bubble structure with dreadful acoustics. In April 30, 1969 it was moved to a 124 foot long yellow and blue striped tent until 1972 when it moved to its current location; the former science auditorium.

    October 18, 1968

  •  October 18, 1968 - The theatre is first housed in an inflatable bubble structure with dreadful acoustics. In April 30, 1969 it was moved to a 124 foot long yellow and blue striped tent until 1972 when it moved to its current location; the former science auditorium.

    October 18, 1968

  •  October 18, 1968 - The theatre is first housed in an inflatable bubble structure with dreadful acoustics. In April 30, 1969 it was moved to a 124 foot long yellow and blue striped tent until 1972 when it moved to its current location; the former science auditorium.

    October 18, 1968

  •  November 21, 1969 - FTU plays and wins its first basketball game against Massey Institute. The first basketball team pictured here.

    November 21, 1969

  •  November 21, 1969 - FTU plays and wins its first basketball game against Massey Institute. Head Basketball coach Eugene 'Torchy' Clark is pictured here.

    November 21, 1969

  •  June 14, 1970 - The university's first commencement. Astronaut John Young was the speaker and there were 423 students in the graduating class.

    June 14, 1970

  •  Date Unknown - A few unofficial mascots were in circulation before we officially became the Knights. The very first was the Citronaut created by Norman Van Meter for the first Student Handbook. Possibly the most famous unofficial mascot was Vincent the Vulture. Vinny first appeared in the Future on November 3, 1969 and, thanks to cartoonist Nordby, continued to appear in the newspaper long after he lost the mascot vote.

    Date Unknown

  •  December 7, 1970 - After a year of debate and days of voting the Knights of Pegasus become the university's official mascot. Many logo designs were submitted, but the final selection was designed by Dorothy Kannon from FTU's Instructional Media Department.

    December 7, 1970

  •  February 11-13, 1971 - The university celebrates it's first homecoming. The homecoming parade began later and used to loop in front of the library. Here President Colbourn leads the 1979 parade in the all-terrain vehicle designed by UCF students for the Mini Baja competition.

    February 11-13, 1971

  •  August 26 - September 10, 1972 - FTU art professor Dr. Walter Gaudnek received a commission from the Olympic Spielstrasse Committee to participate in a ten day art event during the 1972 Munich Olympics. His FTU colleagues, Icelandic sculptor Johann Eyfells and FTU Art Department.

    August 26 - September 10, 1972

  •  June 8, 1973 - President Nixon visits FTU and speaks at the 1973 commencement.

    June 8, 1973

  •  December 1, 1976 - The bicentennial time capsule is buried in front of the Administration Building (now Millican Hall) to be opened in 2026.

    December 1, 1976

  •  March 19, 1977 - Rita Reutter is crowned Homecoming queen at the age of 58 and later appears on 'The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson'.

    March 19, 1977

  •  December 6, 1978 - The university changes its name from Florida Technological University to the University of Central Florida.

    December 6, 1978

  •  September 22, 1979 - UCF plays its first football game against St. Leo University. Pictured here is #35 Charlie Ziegler.

    September 22, 1979

  •  September 22, 1979 - UCF plays its first football game against St. Leo University. Here are cheerleaders Barbara Emerson and Tonya Carroll surviving the rainy first game.

    September 22, 1979

  •  UCF experimented with several different costumed mascots. The first was the horse and rider debuted in 1979 and played by Kathi McCutheon. Sir Wins-a-lot came next in 1980. Puff appeared briefly around 1987 and in 1988 Mack the Knight debuted for UCF's 25th Anniversary.

    Date Unknown

  •  Before Knightro appeared, UCF experimented with several different costumed mascots. The first was the horse and rider debuted in 1979 and played by Kathi McCutheon. Sir Wins-a-lot came next in 1980. Puff appeared briefly around 1987 as a target for the costumed knight and in 1988 Mack the Knight debuted for UCF's 25th Anniversary.

    Date Unknown

  •  Before Knightro appeared, UCF experimented with several different costumed mascots. The first was the horse and rider debuted in 1979 and played by Kathi McCutheon. Sir Wins-a-lot came next in 1980. Puff appeared briefly around 1987 as a target for the costumed knight and in 1988 Mack the Knight debuted for UCF's 25th Anniversary.

    Date Unknown

  •  Before Knightro appeared, UCF experimented with several different costumed mascots. The first was the horse and rider debuted in 1979 and played by Kathi McCutheon. Sir Wins-a-lot came next in 1980.

    Date Unknown

  •  November 19, 1994 - A then unnamed Knightro is unveiled at a pep rally. Knightro has since gone through several designs and was even joined by a female companion named Glycerin for two years in 1996.

    November 19, 1994

  •  November 3, 1995 - A Homecoming pep rally in front of Millican Hall turns into the first Spirit Splash when student body president Miguel Torregrossa is thrown into the Reflection Pond and joined by other excited students. It has since been named the best college or university tradition in Florida by Florida Leader Magazine.

    November 3, 1995


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