A day to remember

November 15 is a day of great importance in Carnegie Mellon's history. It was on this day, 108 years ago at a banquet in Pittsburgh’s Hotel Schenley, that Andrew Carnegie founded the university.

The steel magnate addressed his guests, the mayor of Pittsburgh and other leaders, and articulated his long desire to establish a technical institute in the city. As he concluded his presentation, he gave his famous assurance: “my heart is in the work.”

More than a century later, we remember Carnegie’s generous gift and reflect on the power that one act of giving can have on so many lives.

As we celebrate the progress of the Inspire Innovation campaign, we honor the gift that started it all — as well as the many more gifts it has since inspired.

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