Bucks Launches Golden Anniversary Celebration

To celebrate its founding in 1964, the college invites the public to sign online guestbook, submit photos, and attend special events.

Bucks County Community College has launched a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary, and invites the public to join in by sharing photos and memories, and attending several special events.

The celebration was launched at the college’s 48th annual commencement May 22 by Board of Trustees chair Blake Eisenhart, who recalled the college’s beginnings and how far it has come in five decades.

“Bucks County Community College has achieved the rare distinction of being a truly global institution of higher learning,” said Eisenhart.  “Stella Elkins Tyler, an accomplished sculptor and artist of her time, and her husband George, would be very proud of the college that began, and has flourished, on their beautiful estate.”

On June 22 1964, the Bucks County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution to sponsor Bucks County Community College under the provisions of Pennsylvania’s Community College Act of 1963 (Act 484). Since opening its doors a year later as the first public two-year college in Bucks County, the College has educated more than a million people.

From its modest beginnings on the former Tyler estate, Bucks has grown to three campuses, an online virtual campus, Continuing Education, and a Public Safety Training Center that prepares first-responders across the globe. A timeline of that tremendous growth is here. Today, successful Bucks graduates transfer to four-year colleges and universities or directly launch a career.

The public is invited to visit the anniversary website to submit memories and photos and sign the guestbook.  Coming soon, there will be an opportunity to purchase a commemorative Mercer tile in honor of the anniversary. Other celebrations include a formal groundbreaking for a new science center June 12 on the Newtown campus, a faculty lecture series open to the public at each campus, the premier of commissioned music and artwork October 11, a wall honoring “50 Points of Service,” commemorating service to the community by students, faculty, and staff, and a community day planned for spring 2015.

To learn more about Bucks County Community College’s 50th anniversary, visit www.bucks.edu/golden.

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations