Visitors to PCC’s website are greeted with a message welcoming everyone to its 90th academic year.

Caitlin KellyThompson / Courier
Caitlin KellyThompson / Courier

At the opening of the semester students and staff were welcomed with a large banner in front of the Week of Welcome tent also celebrating the school’s 90th academic year.

The only problem is that chronologically this is only PCC’s 89th academic year.


PCC was founded in 1924 as Pasadena Junior College with the first academic year being 1924-25, which would make this academic year the school’s 89th.

Or is it? Bobbi Abram, executive director of the PCC Foundation, insists that this year is PCC’s 90th.

“The college was officially founded in September 1924, so the first academic year was 1924-25. If one counts each academic year since, the result is that the 2013-2014 academic year is PCC’s 90th academic year,” Abram wrote in an email.

“Regardless of how many commencements we have had, there is no confusion that this is our 90th academic year and 2014 is our 90th anniversary.”

But indeed there is some confusion about the academic year. In fact, at a recent board of trustees meeting, trustee Jeanette Mann mentioned that the college was celebrating its 89th anniversary, only to be corrected by president Mark Rocha who insisted that the college is celebrating its 90th anniversary.

“Indeed, our first academic year was1924, we are in our 89th academic year, and 2014-2015 will be our 90th academic year. If PCC claims otherwise, it would be pure contemporary fiction,” said Melissa Michelson, assistant language professor.

“I think there is confusion because last graduation was the 88th graduation as it says on the graduation pamphlet.”

Adding to the confusion, the brochure for PCC’s Project 90, it clearly states that PCC will celebrate its 90th year in 2014.

It appears the campus is celebrating its 90th birthday whether it is mathematically correct or not.



  1. It is PCC’s 90th ACADEMIC year, not how many years old it is.

    This current ACADEMIC year also includes 2014. Therefore, 90th ACADEMIC year.

    Don’t believe me? Add the ACADEMIC years yourself.

    ’24-’25, ’25-’26, ’26-’27, ’27-’28, ’28-’29, ’29-’30 = 6 academic years

    ’30-’31, ’31-’32, ’32-’33, ’33-’34, ’34-’35, ’35-’36, ’36-’37,
    ’37-’38, ’38-’39, ’39-’40 = 10 academic years

    Same for years 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 = 10 academic years each or 70 academic years total (sorry I didn’t feel like writing it all out)

    2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 = 4 academic years

    6 + 10 + 70 + 4 = 90 ACADEMIC years, therefore this current ACADEMIC year is the school’s 90th year.

  2. I was student at PCC when it was the 75th year. I too was confused. What confuses me more is why Mark does not worry worry more about getting PCC back to where it was in 2000 before we celebrate a trajectory.

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