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2021 Year In Review

What can our Pack accomplish in a year? Turns out, a lot. Take a look back at our favorite moments with us.

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Fireworks lit the night sky during graduation ceremonies at Carter Finley stadium. Photo by Marc Hall

This year, we’ve made history, broken records and celebrated time-honored traditions. Thanks for an unforgettable 2021, Wolfpack. Let’s do it again next year.

NC State alumni showed up for students.

May 14, 2021 became one of our favorite days.

  • A century in the making, we finally reopened and rededicated the Memorial Belltower at Henry Square. On top of that, the Belltower’s first set of bells was installed in the form of a 55-bell carillon.
  • After so much time apart, we had two in-person, outdoor commencement ceremonies at Carter-Finley Stadium to celebrate our Spring graduates.

Our athletes stepped up to the plate.

  • A dozen members of the Pack graced the world’s stage at the Tokyo Olympics.
  • Wolfpack women’s basketball became ACC champions for the second year in a row.
  • The women’s cross country team became NCAA champions, bringing home the university’s first national title since 1983.
  • Former NC State baseball player Carlos Rodón threw the 20th no-hitter in White Sox history — the first no-hitter thrown by a member of the Pack.
  • Alumnus Bill Cowher ’79 became the first NC State Football player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

We kept with tradition.

  • Legacy families spanning generations shared in the NC State tradition of leaving class rings inside the Belltower overnight.
  • Home was howling, and alumni heard the call and reunited for Red and White Week.
  • We asked Wolfpack families a few hard-hitting questions at this year’s Legacy Luncheon — but when you’re raised by wolves, some answers are pretty obvious.