Oakton Community College begins 50th anniversary celebration June 25

Daily Herald report
Updated 6/13/2019 2:39 PM

Oakton Community College will launch a yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary with a Founder's Day opening ceremony and reception, starting 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, in the main lobby of the Des Plaines campus, 1600 E. Golf Road.

The Founder's Day celebration will include proclamations by government officials and the opening of "Oakton Celebrates 50 Years (1969-2019)," which will present the history of the college in documents, photos and videos. The exhibition, which runs through Sept. 19, also will showcase the Koehnline Museum's vast array of displays and collections over the years.


"Since its founding on June 25, 1969, the college has been a vital resource in the community, delivering innovative programs to students, residents and area businesses," college President Joianne Smith said. "Throughout its history, Oakton has helped businesses prosper by preparing a job-ready workforce, inspiring students to reach their potential and providing the community with opportunities for lifelong learning."

Those planning on attending the opening ceremony are asked to RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oakton-founders-day-community-registration-registration-6226717279.

Also on June 25, community members are invited to share reflections and messages of congratulations in a video booth located in the Center for Campus Inclusion and Diversity (Room 1543) starting at 6 p.m.

A variety of celebratory events are scheduled throughout the year will be posted to the website, www.oakton.edu/50.

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