By Clayton Cummins – Multimedia Editor
100 years ago this year, Grand Rapids Community College (formally known as Grand Rapids Junior College) opened it doors on September 21, 1914 at 421 Fountain Street NE in Grand Rapids making it the first Junior College in the State of Michigan.
Believe it or not, tuition was only $60 dollars for an entire year when it opened! (Wow, how the times have changed) Many events and volunteer opportunities have been planned to celebrate the 100 year milestone.
1. Welcome Week
Welcome week will also celebrate Grand Rapids Community Colleges’ 100 years in education. On top of the food, entertainment, and club days normally offered during Welcome Week, students can participate in many other activities scheduled to celebrate the 100 years.
This event will be taking place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 8 through 11 at Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza on Main Campus
2. 100 Ways to Give
Efforts are underway to give back to the community that has supported GRCC for 100 years through 100 Ways To Give. Students and staff members are encouraged find a way to give back such as collecting 100lbs of food to for a local food bank, or collecting 100 children’s books for a local library.
You can get as creative as you would like. Click here for more information or to volunteer.
3. Community Picnic
There’s no better way to celebrate special occasions other than a BBQ-style picnic! Invite your family and friends down to the Ford Fieldhouse to enjoy some great food!
This event will be taking place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse
4. Diversity Lecture Series
The Diversity Lecture Series will be especially exciting this year as GRCC will host the former President of the United States Jimmy Carter, and his wife Rosalynn to discuss human rights, racial diversity, and social justice. Tickets are on sale right now.
For more information and tickets, click here.
For the Collegiate’s preview article of the 2014-2015 Diversity Lecture Series, click here.
Community members are welcome to attend a Gala celebrating the 100 years of Grand Rapids Community College and the 50 years of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation. Hors d’oeuvres will be passed around along with a full sit down dinner. Tickets are $150 a person and dress code will be cocktail attire, with your choice of a black tie.
For more information, click here.
This event will be taking place 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Devos Place.
6. Open Door Musical
Enjoy the story of Jill, a freshman who comes upon a mystery door that sends her through a time warp of people, music, and events of GRCC’s past. GRCC’s Music Department composed music for the play. A free dessert will be offered in the lobby following performances. Tickets are $25 for general public, and $15 for students with a valid student ID. A complete dinner package is offered at GRCC’s Heritage Restaurant for the November 7th show.
This event will be taking place at 8 p.m. on Nov, 7 through 8 at Spectrum Theater.
For the Collegiate’s preview article of the musical, click here.
Finally, the graduation ceremony this academic year will be unlike any other as GRCC continues it’s 100th year celebration as students and alumni gather to celebrate the class of 2015.
This event will be taking place at 7 p.m. on May 1 at the Van Andel Arena.
In addition to these events, the Collegiate will be putting together a 100 year anniversary edition of the magazine it produces each semester.