Encyclopedia of UNCG History

An online resource for exploring the history of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Tree Day began with the Class of 1895, which, on Arbor Day, planted a tree on campus and arranged a special program. The tradition then became to plant the class tree in the freshman year, and in the following years to hold a celebration commemorating the occasion.

Classes continued the tree planting tradition until 1910, when the Class of 1913 instead “adopted” a tree instead of planting a new tree because an appropriate location for a new tree could not be identified. The tradition fell out of favor in the 1930s or 1940s.