50 Years of ACC

LET’S Get Ready to Celebrate

Austin Community College District is set to mark a major milestone. ACC will honor its 50th anniversary with a series of celebrations, giveaways, and events kicking off in 2023. This anniversary provides a unique opportunity to honor our past, celebrate our future, and highlight our work of building brighter futures since 1973. It’s a community affair and we need you!

Planning Committee

How we celebrate 50 years of ACC is led by the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee. The team represents all areas of the college – founders, faculty, staff, students, and employee associations. The committee manages everything from branding to community engagement to the event timeline. Our goal is to involve everyone. We welcome your ideas.

Got Ideas?

How do you want to celebrate? From scavenger hunts to class reunions to ways to give back to our communities, let us know what you think.

ACC History

On Saturday, December 9, 1972, Austin voters said “Yes” to a new community college. Whether Austin needed or could afford a community college had been debated for years. Within nine short months, ACC hired faculty and staff, leased the former Anderson High School building and renamed it Ridgeview, and opened its doors on September 17, 1973 to 1,726 students.

What started as an extraordinary vision is today the primary gateway to higher education and career training, serving about 70,000 students each year.

Coming soon, ACC will launch its interactive history timeline.

Votres here decide Community College Fate
ACC Registrar, Ramon Dovalina, registers the college’s first four students, Emmitt E. Thompson, Larry Riddell, Lenora Ledesma, and Carol Hankerson. Thompson was a veteran, Riddell and Ledesma were recent high-school graduates, and Hankerson was a housewife.

Our Founders

In celebration of the college’s founding in December 1972, ACC is reconnecting with our founders — Trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, and students who were here in the beginning. We’d like to thank you and add you to a special list of alumni.

The ACC Story Project: 50 Years of ACC

There’s one-degree of separation from Austin Community College. If you didn’t go to ACC, you know someone who did. The ACC Story Project: 50 Years of ACC is an effort to collect unscripted stories from the hearts of those who have been impacted by the ACC mission— our students, faculty and staff, founders, partners, and alumni.

Events Timeline

October 2022 ACC Story Project Kick-Off
December 2022 Founders Day
February 2023    50 Ways to Give Back Launch
April 29, 2023 Boots & Bats Gala
September 2023 50 Year Reunion/Homecoming
November 2023 Riverbats Week | Go Purple
May 2024 50th Graduation Ceremony


ACC celebrates its 50th Anniversary