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PC Centennial Kick-Off Celebration

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On January 28, 2020 Phoenix College officially kicked off the Centennial Anniversary with a ceremony in John Paul Theatre. Dr. Christina Marin, Theatre Director and Centennial Tri-Chair, emceed the celebratory event. Phoenix College president, Dr. Larry Johnson, welcomed more than 200 faculty, alumni, staff, and students who came together to kick-off the 100-year anniversary of the college. Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board President Marie Sullivan, a PC alumna, and member Dr. Tom Nerini joined the celebration.

In 1995, then PC president Dr. Marie Pepicello sealed a time capsule commemorating the College’s 75 th -anniversary, announcing that the time capsule should be opened in January 2020. Attendees to the Centennial kick-off enjoyed viewing contents of the 75 th Anniversary time capsule.

A highlight of the event was induction of the Class of 1970 into the Phoenix College Half Century Club. PC alumni are inducted into the club at their 50-year reunion. 1970 is especially significant as it was also the 50-year anniversary of Phoenix College’s founding. Marty Manning ’70, retired KEZ iHeartmedia radio personality, entertained the audience with memories of his time at PC.

Don Richardson, long-time faculty member at Phoenix College, also spoke about how the college has changed in the 49 years that he has been employed at the college.

The morning celebration ended with unveiling of the PC Centennial Time Capsule. Ty Welborn, History faculty member, and Development Director, Deb Spotts, educated the audience on how to submit memories and mementos for the Centennial time capsule. Memory card submissions to the time capsule will be accepted until May 2021, when the capsule will be sealed. If you would like an official memory card, please contact for more information.

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