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It's a quasquibicentennial! UT turns 225 years old Tuesday

UT will be holding all sorts of events to celebrate 225 years of Volunteer service, including a Big Orange Birthday party on Sept. 10.

My, how fast 225 years can pass! The University of Tennessee is celebrating its quasquibicentennial with big events throughout the year.

One day you'll definitely want to mark down in your calendar is Sept. 10. That's the university's actual birthday, and this year the campus is going all out for the big 225. 

It will hold a Big Orange Birthday Party from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is campus-wide and will feature treats, games, carnival rides and giveaways.

Later Tuesday evening, the Knoxville campus will hold a Circle Park Block Party from 4 to 7 p.m. that includes a family-friendly party for alumni, faculty and staff featuring games and refreshments in Circle Park. 

Don't worry if you can't make it for the big day, though. The festivities will continue into the fall season-- on Nov. 1, UT will have a homecoming parade featuring Little Vols at 4 p.m. 

Vols 10 and under can march in the annual parade wearing orange and white, and children can ride in strollers, walk or ride tricycles.

Immediately after the parade, there will be more fun held at the Lindsey Nelson baseball stadium with crafts, games, snacks, a playground and a few other surprises.

And after students return from winter break, the university will be hosting a daylong celebration in the Student Union on Feb. 25 aptly called '225 on 2/25.' The event is for students, faculty, staff and alumni and will include treats, trivia, games and a special presentation of faculty scholarship. 

UT also has an ongoing exhibit at the John C. Hodges Library called 'Lighting the Way: 225 Years of Volunteers' that showcases the university's history and tradition through artifacts preserved in its archives.

Plus, there are plenty more quasquibicentennial-themed events being held throughout the academic year, including a trek to the 'Smokeys' on campus.

 You can check out a full list at this link.

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