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North Carolina Central University received a record number of alumni gifts during its “Ultimate Homecoming Experience” last month.

More than 7,000 alumni who graduated in years ending in 4 and 9 gave contributions that totaled more than $2.2 million, the school announced.

The class of 2014, celebrating its fifth-year reunion, gave $53,822 – 10 times the amount pledged, a point noted by NCCU Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye.

“This year, our millennial alumni in the class of 2014 demonstrated in a great way that young people recognize the importance of philanthropy and in giving back,” he said in a statement. “The gifts we received are critical in helping prepare the next generation of market-ready scholars.”

The Class of 1969, whose 107 members were inducted into the Society of Golden Eagles (celebrating 50 years or more), raised $463,626. Three class members contributed gifts totaling $250,000.

Other substantial contributions included:

  • Class of 1974: ($448,796)
  • Class of 1979: ($111,313)
  • Class of 1984: ($100,971)
  • Class of 1994: ($172,498)

Former members of the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the NCCU chapter, gave $113,369 to its endowed scholarship. They joined other alumni members of National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations in donating a total of $457,163.

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