75th Anniversary Events

DATE: Thursday, May 5, 2022



In 1946, Holyoke Community College opened its doors as the first two-year college in Massachusetts. In the decades since, HCC has paved the way for generations of learners in western Massachusetts and beyond. Visit to relive our most historic moments.

Join us as we celebrate Holyoke Community College's history, highlight today's extraordinary successes, and look forward to the future.

Celebrate with us on Thursday, May 5, 2022!

Music and Memories through the Decades
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Donahue 103 103.5 WCCH Radio / HCC Radio Station
As you roam the halls, enjoy special programming with former DJs who will be devoting each hour to a different musical decade ('70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s). Stop by for a tour of the station, or come on the air to share our HCC experience.

Education Department Open House
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Donahue 154-156
Tour the new EDU Department Suite, learn about Strong Start and Career Pathways, view students' exceptional service learning projects, hear from alumni, take part in a fun raffle, and more.

It's an Honor: Pathways to Changing our Communities
10 - 11 a.m.
Zoom (click here to register; on-campus viewing room in the Center for Excellence, Frost 265)
Hear from alumni excelling in their careers and making a difference in our community as a result of HCC's Honors and Pathways programs. (Pathways helps promising students succeed at HCC and explore transfer opportunities to selective liberal arts colleges.)

Theater Department - "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on Display
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fine & Performing Arts building, Leslie Phillips Theater
Pop into the theater to enjoy music and photos from the HCC Theater Department's spring production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Conducting a Nobel Prize-winning Physics Experiment
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Frost 365 Physics Lab
Physics students will engage visitors in observations, data collection and analysis to measure the charge on an electron. This experiment is known as the Millikan Oil Drop Experiment, which was performed around 1909 and won a Nobel Prize in 1923.

Ceramics Wheel-Throwing Demonstration 
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Fine & Performing Arts building, FPA 325

Cupcakes in the Courtyard
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Provided by The Cupcake Brake

El Centro and Student Engagement Open House
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Campus Center 2nd floor
Music, food, dancing, and more!

Visual Art Department All Day Exhibits 

Student Artwork Exhibition
Campus Center, Courtyard Entrance, and Media Arts Center Photography area hallways

Photography Exhibition
"Emma" Photographs by Christopher Lizon '96 in the Campus Center, Courtyard Entrance, and Media Arts Center Photography area hallways

Pulp City Display
Fine & Performing Arts building, Leslie Phillips Theater lobby
A showcase of HCC's art and literary magazine

Service Learning from our Students' Perspective
1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
Zoom (on-campus viewing room in Campus Center 103)   Zoom link:    ID: 97186269823   (US) +1 929-205-6099
Service Learning at HCC enables students to complete a project in the community that directly relates to a course and that meets the needs of a community-based organization. Hear about the experiences of three students and how each has made a difference in our community.

NSF SCoRE: STEM Cohorts for Research and Engagement
1:30 - 2:25 p.m.
Zoom using this link, or on campus viewing room in the Center for Excellence, Frost 265
This STEM student scholar and faculty presentation will showcase highlights of the NSF S-STEM Scholars 2.0 Program, a $1M grant provided by the National Science Foundation. Hear inspiring reflections from student scholars and faculty mentors about their STEM identity and academic success, along with highlights of how culturally responsive mentoring and equity-based professional development programs impact student success in STEM.

Tree Dedication Ceremony Honoring Professor Donald Hanover, Ph.D.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Near Campus Garden (from Campus Center main entrance: 2nd floor balcony facing Bartley Center)
Professor Hanover's passion for philosophy transformed the lives of countless students over his more than two decades on the faculty with HCC. Family, friends and former students are encouraged to gather to celebrate his legacy.

Signs with Friends
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Campus Center 2nd floor
Visit with members of the ASL Club and Deaf Studies department and learn how to communicate a few words and concepts in a new way. Also learn more about HCC's Office for Students with Disabilities & Deaf Services (OSDDS), which is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities have equal access to the full range of programs and services offered by HCC.

Veterinary and Animal Science Open House
2 - 4 p.m.
Marieb 2nd Floor
Plus: Free pet nail trims for faculty and staff pets from 2-4 p.m.! (Up-to-date rabies vaccination required.)

75th Anniversary Community Reception
5 - 7 p.m.
HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute
164 Race Street, Holyoke
Join us for a community-wide celebration of our 75th anniversary! Enjoy creations made by HCC's culinary arts students and live music from our talented students and faculty as you mingle with guests and celebrate all that HCC has meant to the community for 75 years.
Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday, May 4

Ribbon-Cutting for the Itsy Bitsy Child Watch at HCC
10 a.m.
Join Senator John Velis and President Christina Royal as we cut the "itsy bitsy ribbon" for HCC's free drop-in childcare program that provides short term care for children while their parents are on campus.
Click here to RSVP

Thursday, May 5

FutureSkills Regional Upskilling Roadshow
1 p.m.
Kittredge Center for Business & Community Development, PeoplesBank Conference Center
Hosted by the Mass. Executive Office of Labor & Workforce Development
Click here for more information.

Please note that HCC requires individuals to wear a well-fitting mask when inside all campus facilities. Thank you for your cooperation.

Honor. Remember. Celebrate.

Click here to make a 75th Anniversary gift in honor, memory or celebration of someone.