Belltower Celebrations

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

Academic Year 2017-18

May 12, 2018
Spring Commencement

May 8, 2018
Recognition of Professor Donald Bitzer being elected to the National Academy of Inventors

May 4, 2018
Recognition of student Madison Maloney being awarded the Goldwater scholarship

May 1, 2018
Celebration of Faculty

Apr. 21, 2018
Baseball

NC State 9
Duke 2

NC State 2
Duke 1

NC State 2
Duke 11

Apr. 20, 2018
Groundbreaking for the Engineering Building Oval

Apr. 14, 2018
Recognition of student Kobi Felton being awarded the Marshall Scholarship

Apr. 14, 2018
Baseball

NC State 8
Louisville 12

NC State 12
Louisville 2

NC State 13
Louisville 5

Previous Belltower celebrations

Since its completion in 1937, the Memorial Tower has stood as a symbol of identity for North Carolina 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 tower 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.

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

  • Spring and Winter Commencements.
  • Welcome Week Finale — Packapalooza.
  • Celebration of Faculty Excellence.
  • Founders Day, NC State Remembers – an annual day of remembrance honoring our Founders and members of our North Carolina State University community who have passed away.
  • 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 O. Max Gardner Award.
  • The awarding of the Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • The awarding of the Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Public Service.
  • The selection for a Churchill, Clarendon-Oxford, Gates-Cambridge, Goldwater, Madison, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Truman, or Udall scholarships.
  • The inauguration of the President of the University of North Carolina or installation of the Chancellor of NC State.
  • 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 the secretary of the university/assistant to the chancellor, pj_teal@ncsu.edu.