Fifty Years of Photos

Black and white. Digital. Polaroid. All of these kinds of photographs document the many and varied experiences our students, faculty, staff and alumni from all 50 years. We’d like to learn more about the person behind each photo—you.

Whatever your experience at UCF, you’ve contributed to our decades-long history of progress and growing impact.

Please join us in telling UCF’s story—your story.

1960’s

Governor Farris Bryant signs Legislative Bill 125, officially creating a new state university on June 10, 1963.

December 1, 1965, Charles Millican begins as the university's first and only employee. His office is above a drugstore at the corner of Church Street and Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando.

Formal ground breaking of FTU, with Gov. Claude Kirk as the featured speaker, with 2,000 supporters on hand. March 19, 1967

First Campus Sign.

Charles Millican inaugurated as FTU president, Anita Bryant sings. November 25, 1968

The Pegasus becomes the official seal of the university. 1968.

The Citronaut. When the first student handbook was issued for the 1968-1969 academic year, this image with its orange shape, helmet and T for “Tech” letter sweater was suggested as the university’s mascot. The Orlando Evening Star, September 23, 1968

Walter Komanski, First Student Government President. 1969.

Miss America Judi Ford visits campus. February 21, 1969

Torchy Clarke. UCF Men's baskeball, 1969

1970’s

Hall Road changed to Florida Tech Boulevard. 1971

An aerial view of campus in the 1970's.

Art faculty at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany

President Nixon visits FTU. 1973

Rick Walsh speaks at commencent, 1977. Rick Walsh would go on to serve as a member and Chairman of the UCF Board of Trustees.

Senator Joe Biden speaks at commencement. 1978

Cover of the "Future" from October 29, 1978

1978 FTU Crew Team.

Rita Reuter appears on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. 1978.

In 1978, the women's volleyball team compiled a perfect record, 55-0, and completed the season with a December 9, 1978 victory in the AIAW Small College National Volleyball Championship.

Head of the Charles Champions. 1979.

1980’s

Sir Winsalot, UCF's new mascot debut at the 1980 Tangerine Bowl.

Women's Basketball, 1980's.

Students break world record for most people on a waterbed with 106. February 5, 1981

Students break world record for most people on a waterbed with 106. February 5, 1981

1990’s

Communications Building groundbreaking. May 1, 1996

2000’s

Construction begins on the new on campus stadium.

Bright House Networks Stadium under construction.

UCF Football celebrates it first Conference USA championship. 2007

2010’s

The Opening of Pegasus Health.

Governor Rick Scott visits UCF. August 12, 2011.

Governor Rick Scott meets with Dr. Hitt. August 12, 2011.

The place to collaborate, learn, and express yourself on state-of-the-art technology. UCF Technology Commons ribbon cutting ceremony February 1, 2012.

CREOL celebrates 25th Anniversary in March 2012

Flags planted on the Free Speech Lawn in Remembrance of September 11, 2001. Photo taken 09/11/12


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Think back on your memories at UCF—pull out your scrapbooks and albums, download your Facebook or Flickr pics, and send them to us.

If we choose from your collection, we’ll share your photo or photos along with your story.

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