The Consolidation Act is passed by the North Carolina General Assembly, with the following provisions: 1. State College becomes one of three campuses of the Consolidated University of North Carolina. The other campuses are UNC-Chapel Hill and the Women's College in Greensboro (which later became UNC-Greensboro). 2. State College's name is changed to the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North Carolina 3. The School of Education becomes the Department of Education 4. The School of Science and Business is abolished. No new students will be admitted to this school after 1933. Under consolidation, State College's Board of Trustees is abolished, and a new board of trustees is established at the consolidated level to oversee all three of the campuses. This arrangement continues until the creation of the UNC System in 1972.
William C. (Bill) Friday graduates
William C. (Bill) Friday received a Bachelor of Science degree in textile manufacturing. He later served as President of both the Consolidated University (1956-1972) and the UNC-System (1972-1986).
Tommy Burleson comes to State
7'3" high school All-American basketball player Tommy Burleson announced his decision to accept a scholarship offer to play for NC State. Burleson would go on to be a key member of NC State's 1974 National Championship team. He was also a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team. In 2013 he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.
Successful football season
The NC State Football teams record during the 1972 season was 8 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie, and a victory in the Peach Bowl.
Talley Student Center opens
The Talley Student Center opened in June 1972 (shown here before the installation of the fountain and courtyard). It replaced the Erdahl-Cloyd building (now the west wing of D.H. Hill Library) as the campus student center.
Stewart Theatre and Price Music Center dedicated
The two buildings were dedicated during a ceremony at which the North Carolina State University Symphony Orchestra and Choir presented a concert. The 816-seat theater had opened during the Fall 1972 semester. It was named for James Jackson Stewart, Jr., Dean of Student Affairs from 1954 to 1969.
Rajendra Pachauri awarded doctorate
Rajendra Pachauri was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree. He had previously earned a Master of Science degree in 1972. Later, in 2007, he shared the Nobel Peace Prize.