Austin Community College District (ACC) opened its doors for the first fall semester on September 17, 1973. 

To celebrate our 50th anniversary, the college will host a series of activities and events at campuses districtwide Sunday, September 17, through Friday, September 22. Each campus will coordinate special activities unique to their community throughout the week. 

The celebration culminates with a large, community-wide event at ACC Highland on Saturday, September 23. “50 Years Later: A Riverbat Homecoming Fest” is open to students, employees, alumni, former employees, and the entire community. The event includes campus tours, simulations and demonstrations, performances, and more from all areas of study and programs from across the district. 

50 Years Later: A Riverbat Homecoming Fest

Date: Saturday, September 23
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: ACC Highland Campus

To view the full schedule of events, visit

Get involved & share your story

Dozens of ACC faculty and staff have already participated in the celebrations by sharing their ACC stories on video. ACC created questions and guidelines to help you record your own story.

Need some inspiration? 

Watch Jake Leo’s full-circle journey at ACC. He went from working as a chef in a food truck to taking HVAC classes at ACC, and he is now a full-time faculty member.

Watch other submitted videos and find tips on how to record your own story HERE.