Sixty years ago, the state of California realized the importance of meeting the higher education needs of residents in southern Los Angeles and Orange counties, so on Jan. 27, 1949, Gov. Earl Warren signed legislation authored by Assemblyman Ralph C. Dills, approving a new state college for the region.
What began as Los AngelesOrange County State College with only 160 students and 19 faculty members meeting in a converted apartment building has since become one of the largest of the 23 campuses in the California State University System, with more than 35,000 students, 3,800 faculty and staff and 236,000 graduates.
We're honoring our Golden Graduateseveryone who has graduated 50 or more years ago. From now on, each year adds a new class of Golden Grads, many of whom are sharing their memories and photos at the Golden Grads Web site.
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