Celebrating 150 years of the UW

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The University of Washington is celebrating 150 years, and UW Tacoma is proud to be a part of that history. You can use the links on this page to explore more about the UW's history and the planned celebrations. We hope you will join in on W Day on Nov. 4, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., to celebrate the official birthday with cake and other events on campus.


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Interactive timeline

The official 150 years website with a complete listing of events and an interactive timeline with a chance to add your own memories.

Check it out >





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"W" Photo

On Oct. 4, more than 350 UW Tacoma students, staff and faculty showed up to make the "W". Can you find someone you know in there?

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Who are those people?

Banners celebrating our 150 years hang along Pacific Avenue in Tacoma featuring a UW pioneer and a great student volunteer.

More about Asa Shinn Mercer >
More about Jennifer Llarenas >



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Where was Tacoma?

In 1861 when the UW was founded, Tacoma was still three years away from existence. Job Carr staked his claim on what would become Tacoma in 1864.

The founding of Tacoma >