Modesto Junior College Begins Year-long  Centennial Celebration

Modesto Junior College President Santanu Bandyopadhyay speaks at Founder’s Day Sept. 19 to kick off a year-long Centennial Celebration for the North Valley community college.


Modesto Junior College has begun a year’s worth of Centennial celebrations this month to recognize the  institution’s century mark.

On Sept. 19, 1921, students attended the first-ever MJC courses and 100-years to the day, 2021 Pirates gathered to observe Founders Day Centennial Celebration activities that included the unveiling of a time capsule buried in 1987; the unveiling of plans for the East Campus Quad renovation; guest speakers includingDr. Henry C.V. Yong, chancellor of Yosemite Community College District and Modesto Junior College PresidentSantanu Bandyopadhyay, both CVHEC board members; MJC Associated Students President Maria Marquez;and distinguished MJC alumni.

See the commemoration web site at; the MJC Centennial Launch on You tube; and the MCJ Centennial Celebration press release.

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