Some things really do get better with age.

Celebrating its 219th birthday, the University of Tennessee is no exception.

On Pedestrian Walkway Tuesday, New Student and Family Programs, SGA, The Dean of Students Office and Volunteer Dining celebrated the founding of UT's 1794 founding.

Jamil Price, assistant director of New Student and Family Programs, helped plan and facilitate the event.

"We thought this would be a great opportunity to bring the campus community together," Price said. "To get out here and to have some free food and water as people are heading to class and celebrate UT's birthday."

Officially titled UT Founder's Day, the event featured free cupcakes, drinks and a prize wheel. In addition, passersby received push cards filled with UT facts.

"UT very much prides itself on tradition," Paige Atchley, vice president of SGA and senior in marketing, said. "It's great that they (the students) just know that we are a school that values that. So just to read some of the facts on our push cards and to see all the things that we do as a university to celebrate our history is a key component of what we do and who we are."

Price was excited to see Founder's Day become a reality almost a year after planning began.

"This was spun as one of the big orange ideas to get the campus together to celebrate the university's birthday," Price said. "Think about it, that's 219 years.

"It's one of the oldest SEC schools and one of the oldest in the nation before Tennessee was even a state."

First opening as Blount College in what is now downtown Knoxville, the state's flagship public university has come a long way in the last two centuries. Emily Parker, director of NSFP, relished the opportunity to spotlight both UT's humble beginnings and impressive progress.

"I hope students take away an appreciation for the rich history and traditions of the University of Tennessee," Parker said. "To really think about the fact that UT has been here for over 200 years and what legacy are they going to leave behind so UT is here flourishing for more students in another 200 years."