Campus celebrates 60th Anniversary

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Cerritos College celebrated its 60th Anniversary on Sept. 17. There were clubs selling food, live performaces and even free cake for students and faculty.

Kristopher Carrasco

Music, club booths, dancing, free hot dogs and raffles were some of the things happening on Thursday, Sept. 17 as the campus celebrated the 60th birthday of Cerritos College

Members of the school came together to host an all day celebration to commemorate six decades of success.

The event kicked off with free hot dogs and music by the Cerritos College drum line followed by live performances.

Some of the performances included a set list by the Red Room Rebels, a folkloric dance by MEChA and a performance by Cerritos College alumni Poncho Sanchez that featured the Cerritos College Jazz Ensemble.

Students, such as Viridiana Cabrera who was part of MEChA’s folkloric dance, felt honored to participate in this event.

“It was really exciting to be out here dancing and have all these people look at us.” Cabrera said. “The purpose of this is to bring culture of Mexican tradition to the College. We were nervous, but we pulled through.”

While performances were taking place and food being served, clubs were given the chance to showcase what they had to offer with booths and ways to engage student interaction.

Many clubs offered free gifts, games and raffles while also provided information about what kinds of resources the clubs have to offer everyday students.

Engineering major Fernando Temblador was one of the many students who were out on Falcon Square trying to get students hyped for his club, the Student Veterans Club, by giving students an opportunity to win an Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and other items in an upcoming raffle.

“I’m in the club because I’m a vet. You get out of the military and you think a certain way than normal civilian people. When I first came here I was by myself. The student veterans club is a cool place to hang out,” Temlador said.

The student veterans club will have their raffle on Nov. 10 at the Veterans Day ceremony on campus.

Not only students, but also many others celebrated Cerritos College’s 60th birthday including Cerritos College President Dr. Jose Fierro.

“I think it has been great. We started putting together the event about a month ago and it’s a great turn out and great event,” Fierro said.

Fierro spent the afternoon meeting students and enjoying the festivities that the day had to offer.

“I really like talking with students, this spot and walking around and meeting new people is what I like the most,” Fierro said.

According to Miya Walker, director of Public Affairs, the event was a success that had a great showing of community, students, faculty and staff.

“I have an amazing staff made up of the president’s office, public affairs staff, ASCC and Student Activities. We made up regularly to make sure we mapped out all of the details and everybody worked so hard to make sure it got done. It came together very well,” Walker said.

“The 60th celebration is a constant reminder of how incredible Cerritos College is and the legacy it’s had over the last six decades. We wanted to put an event like this together to celebrate with our campus and the community to remain them that we are falcons and we’ve been falcons a long time and strong,” Walker added.