RCTC celebrates Centennial Day


Rebecca Hill – Photo by Dave Carr

At 11 a.m. on September 14, RCTC hosted a brief program and got the first peek at the unveiling of the History Wall and the Centennial documentary. President Leslie R. McClellon gave opening remarks, Rochester City Council President Randy Staver read the proclamation? from the city of Rochester, and Rebecca Hill, daughter of former President Emeritus Charles Hill gave remarks.

The program was followed by cupcakes and beverages served for all and a 5-minute preview of the soon-to-be-released RCTC documentary. Community members, students, faculty, and staff all received flags and window clings to show off their Centennial pride.

You can view the Facebook album here for more photos.

Rochester Community and Technical College is the oldest public, two-year college in Minnesota, and this month marks 100 years of service to Rochester and the surrounding communities. The Centennial celebration commemorates September 14, 1915, when Dr. Charles Mayo presented a motion to the Rochester School Board to found what is now known as Rochester Community and Technical College.


President Leslie R. McClellon – Photo by Dave Carr

The celebration continues with our Founder’s Day Program and Installation of Leslie R. McClellon as President of Rochester Community and Technical College on Thursday, September 17, at 2:30 p.m.in the Regional Sports Center. The Founder’s Day Program is one of the highlights of the Centennial celebration and will provide us with an opportunity to commemorate the College’s rich history and promising future as we honor the bold visionaries who dared to dream of higher education in Rochester, Minnesota. The day’s keynote speaker is Mayo Clinic President and CEO, Dr. John Noseworthy.

The RCTC Foundation is hosting a Centennial Scholarship Gala on Friday evening, September 18, at the Rochester International Event Center. This event features a reception, dinner and silent and live auction with proceeds benefiting the RCTC Foundation Scholarship fund. Ticket information is available at www.rctc.edu/100th.

On Saturday, September 19, the RCTC celebration continues. Join RCTC for the Centennial Family, Friends, and Community Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. There will be inflatables, caricature artists, giveaways, and food vendors in east parking lot and circle drive areas. This event is free and open to the public. Also on Saturday, September 19, don’t miss the Centennial Classic Car Show from 2-5 p.m. in RCTC’s east parking lot. At 3 p.m., the RCTC Yellowjackets take on Vermilion Community College in our Centennial Homecoming Football Game.

Please join us as we celebrate our 100 years serving the Rochester and surrounding communities and get ready for 100 more!

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