Our 70th Commencement
Baltimore City Community College’s 2019 Commencement marks the 70th graduating class of the College. Much has changed since 1947 when the first cohort of 53 returning World War II veteran students met on the third floor of Baltimore City College High School to launch Baltimore Junior College (BJC) – and the rest of their lives.
Requiring more space to accommodate its continued growth, the College relocated to the 19-acre site of the former Park School at 2901 Liberty Heights Ave. in 1959. That same year, Dr. Harry Bard became its first president.
After becoming a city government entity, the College was renamed Community College of Baltimore in 1967. Over the next 20 years, the College continued to grow. On July 1, 1990, the Maryland General Assembly moved to make the College a state-funded institution and renamed it New Community College of Baltimore. Two years later, the school was granted permanent state status and renamed Baltimore City Community College.
Today, BCCC is a comprehensive urban institution serving nearly 14,000 credit and non-credit students hailing from Baltimore City and nearly 100 countries across the world.
The College provides a broad range of high-quality credit and noncredit courses while offering the most affordable tuition and community-based services in the State. It boasts five sites, and more than 80 off-campus sites throughout the city.
The College’s 38 associate degrees and 18 certificate programs align with five career pathways linked to fast-growing fields. Nearly 20 student clubs and organizations, and four athletic teams help foster a vibrant, cultural and social campus environment.
From supporting new immigrants to aiding job seekers to reaching out to veterans, BCCC continues its legacy of serving the needs of Baltimore City’s residents and employers.