KCC to celebrate 60th anniversary with Community Gala Celebration June 3

A collage of black and white archival photos of KCC students and staff.

Kellogg Community College will celebrate 60 years of educational excellence in Battle Creek with a Community Gala Celebration next month on campus.

The gala event will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the reflecting pools area at the main entrance to KCC’s campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek. Tickets are $60 each for the general public and $20 each for KCC alumni; tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance by calling 269-965-4161.

KCC first began offering classes in Battle Creek on Sept. 17, 1956, as Battle Creek Community College, with classes running for a trial year at the Grand Army of the Republic Hall downtown. The first semester, just 94 students were enrolled in day classes and just 82 students were enrolled in night classes.

Sixty years later, KCC has grown to serve more than 10,500 students annually on two campuses in Battle Creek; regional center campuses in Albion, Coldwater and Hastings; and online.

The gala celebrating KCC’s rich history will feature a strolling dinner; a bar offering beer, wine and other beverages; live music; historical displays; stories of KCC students past and present; and more.

Chris and JoAnne Miller; Bernie and Becky Squires; and John and Patti Stetler, all of whom are KCC donors or alumni, will serve as Honorary Chairs of the event, during which:

  • KCC’s Student Center will become a V.I.B. (Very Important Bruin) Lounge, a place to converse, share history and view a new student-created KCC history photo-documentary and items from the KCC archives
  • The Kellogg Room will be transformed into the K Club, where guests will be entertained by members of the KCC Jazz Band and alumni band Minor Element
  • The lobby of the Binda Performing Arts Center will become the Bruins Den, complete with casino-type games and raffles
  • The Binda Theatre will change to the Bruin Bijou, showing clips from television shows and commercials from the 1950s
  • A mainstage near the reflecting pools will feature the Motown sounds of KCC alum Bobby Holley and his band

Additionally, Battle Creek’s own Territorial Brewing Company will debut a brand new beer – Bruin Brew – at the event, brewed specifically to celebrate KCC’s 60th anniversary.

Parking for KCC’s Community Gala Event will be available in all campus lots; entry will be at the center steps and ramp located on the College’s Circle Drive at the main entrance to campus.

All ticket sales from the gala will be directed to KCC’s Beyond Tuition Fund for student emergency needs, an oft-used fund to help students pay for items such as rent, utilities, uniforms, child care, gas cards and other transportation needs that can prevent students from attending class or completing their program of study.

For more information, contact the KCC Foundation at 269-965-4161 or by email at kccfoundation@kellogg.edu.

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