Lakeland Community College will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017-18. Our goals for the celebration, as identified by the campus community, are:
- Focus on the future for Lakeland and our community.
- Increase participation in, and support for, the college and its programs.
- Increase public awareness of Lakeland's role in strengthening our community.
Lakeland faculty, staff, administrators and students will give back to the community by participating in 50 volunteer community service projects throughout the year - one for every year of the college's existence. The intention is to complete projects of the size and scope that have a long-term or lasting impact on our community.
View and volunteer for our upcoming and ongoing service projects here.
Lakeland kicked off its 50th anniversary week with a bang Monday, Sept. 25, with a slate of activities including fireworks!
Lakeland's Birthday Party
The 50th anniversary kick-off ceremony welcomed Lakeland President Morris W. Beverage Jr. unveiling a giant birthday hat on the college's Mind Ladders sculpture, which was created for Lakeland's 25th anniversary. Local legislators and city officials presented resolutions honoring Lakeland on its 50 years of service to Lake County.
Students, employees, and retirees were invited to a complimentary campus cookout at Breakers on the first floor and patio area, serving hundreds of guests.
Aerial Drone Photo – Lakeland 50!
Students, employees and community members made Lakeland history with a 50th anniversary birthday photo from an aerial drone! Over 200 participants stood to form the number 50 in the field behind the tennis courts, wearing blue to show their appreciation for Lakeland.
Click here to download a printable version of this special photo! (Optimal print size: 7.74"x4.36")
A professionally choreographed fireworks display was set off from the soccer field and viewed from all over campus. With food trucks serving dinner and snacks, hundreds of community members enjoyed the birthday celebration.
Lakeland's 50th anniversary week celebration continued Tuesday, Sept. 26.
Lakeland Veterans Memorial Dedication Ceremony
Lakeland held a dedication ceremony for a new Veterans Memorial outside the Athletic & Fitness Center. The memorial, initiated by Lakeland's students' veterans program, features a flag display and a helmet, rifle and boots forming a battle cross. The ceremony include a 21-gun salute and guests from the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. National Guard.
Students and employees were invited to enjoy complimentary 50th birthday cupcakes in the Student Center Atrium.
Terminal Tower Beams Blue for Lakeland Community College
The Terminal Tower in downtown Cleveland was lighted up in blue Tuesday evening in celebration of Lakeland's 50th anniversary.
More 50th Events & Activities
Several other 50th anniversary events and activities are planned throughout the fall semester.
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We are working on a "coffee table-style" book on the first 50 years of Lakeland and an exhibit of photos and objects archiving the 50 years of Lakeland's history. If you have photos or memorabilia that you'd like to include, please contact Denise Timms at 440.525.7323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're exploring commissioned works of art, sculpture, music, poetry and other writing.
A variety of 50th anniversary items will be available.
Visit this site often to see what new events and activities have been added.
Lakeland's 50th annual commencement ceremony was held May 13, 2017. The keynote speaker was the college's founding president, Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst. Members of the inaugural graduating class, faculty, staff, administration and trustees also took part in the ceremony.