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50th Anniversary


The College is celebrating a golden anniversary in 2017. Join us as we look back and celebrate.

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50th Anniversary Celebration, September 23, 2017
You are invited to help us celebrate the College's 50th Anniversary at an event on Saturday, September 23, at the Marple Campus. Click here for the schedule of events. 

Stories & Recollections
Alumni share their favorite stories and memories of their time at the College. Submit yours here

Time Capsule
A time capsule was placed behind the cornerstone at the dedication of Marple Campus in 1974. Take a look at what was in it and submit your ideas for a new time capsule here

Alumni Profile: Jeanne (Livingston) Cathell '70
Our Alumni director caught up with one of the College's first registered students. 

Alumni Award Winners: Where Are They Now?
Our Alumni director checked in with some of our past Alumni Award recipients. 

History Timeline
Take a trip back through the College's history from its founding in 1967 through some of the major milestones along the way. 

The College Seal
Learn about the significance of the original college seal, designed in 1968 by assistant art professor Karl Owen. 

Alumni Map
While many of our alumni have stayed in and contributed to our local community, others have spread out around the country and the globe. 

Find Yourself Here in Old Photos
Help us identify the people in these old photos from the College archives. Contact us with the form linked below if you see yourself or someone you know.  

Share A Memory
Have a story or memory to share of how the College has impacted you and your family? We want to hear from you. Click here to share it with us.

Submit Your Time Capsule Ideas
We'll be burying a new time capsule on September 23. Click here to share your idea of what should be in and write a message to future students.

50th Anniversary Celebration | Schedule of Events

A variety of events will be offered during the course of the day on Saturday, September 23. All events, unless otherwise noted, will take place at the Marple Campus.

Community Day Activities, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Open to the Public)

  • Tour the campus and state-of-the-art facilities including the STEM Complex and the Allied Health and Nursing Simulation Lab
  • Experience an earth and space display, mathematical magic tricks, World War I artifacts and more
  • Meet the College's new president, Dr. L. Joy Gates Black
  • Children's activities including pop-up carnival games, balloon animals, and face painting
  • Special appearance by the Phillie Phanatic between noon and 1 p.m.
  • Free food and refreshments
  • Music provided by 101.1 More FM
  • Plus, discover some of the many programs available to students of all ages

Unfortunately, alumna Audra McLaughlin, Season 6 finalist on NBC's The Voice, will not be able to perform as originally planned.

Visit dccc.edu/community-day to register to attend and be entered to win FREE gift cards*.
*Multiple drawings will be held. Must be present to win.

President's Luncheon with Retirees, Noon-1:30 p.m.

A luncheon will be held in the Faculty and Staff Dining Room in Founders Hal to introduce Dr. L. Joy Gates Black to retired faculty and staff. Please contact the President's Office at 610-359-5100 if interested in attending this event. 

Phi Theta Kappa/Alpha Tau Epsilon Chapter All Years Reunion, 2 p.m.

All PTK alumni are invited back to celebrate the chapter and its accomplishments in the Middle States region. The PTK committee is led by Alumni Association President Elect Lynda Lichti ’12.

Student Success Ambassadors, 2 p.m.

All student ambassadors are invited back to celebrate the college mentor program with Dr. Kendrick Mickens and Erica Reeves ‘10 from the Office of First Year Experience.

Alumni/Student Athletic Games & Gathering (various times/locations)

The following teams will host games and gatherings for all Phantoms to come together.

  • Friday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m., Basketball Alumni Game and Gathering- Marple Newtown Recreation Center
    All basketball player alumni from Delaware County Community College are invited back for a game and gathering in conjunction with our 50th Anniversary. Players are invited to play a friendly scrimmage at the Marple Newtown Recreation Center followed by a short networking reception at a local restaurant.
  • 11:30 a.m., Soccer Alumni Game and Gathering, Marple Campus field
    This is an all year’s reunion for the Phantoms Soccer program for players of past and present to come together and compete in a friendly. 
  • 2 p.m., Baseball Alumni Game and Gathering- Marple Campus field
    Join the Phantoms Baseball team to celebrate the College's 50th Anniversary for a friendly game featuring players past and present. Coach Paul Motta is the host for this day on the diamond, including a short networking reception/barbecue event following the game. Friends and Families are welcome to attend

If you would like to sign up and receive updates on attendance, registration and other details for these reunions, please follow our newly created Facebook Event pages. You can visit this page for a list of all events at facebook.com/dcccalumni/events.

Introduction of Dr. L. Joy Gates Black, 3 p.m.

Guests will be invited to hear from our new president who will also serve as host for a time capsule burial in the campus courtyard. Alumni will have a chance to write a note to future graduates in the Class of 2067. A ceremonial cake cutting will also take place, created by students of our Culinary Arts program which is managed by local celebrity Chef Peter Gilmore. 

Alumni Awards Program, 4 p.m., Large Auditorium

The day’s activities will conclude with the presentation of the 2017 Alumni Awards program in the Large Auditorium. The Rising Star, Star, Wong Moss Outstanding and Alumni Professional Achievement Awards will be presented in front of an audience of friends, family and faculty from the College. Following the presentation, a short reception will be held in the Academic Building lobby.