In the 75 days leading to our anniversary year, starting July 1, Claremont McKenna College is thrilled to celebrate the moments, milestones, and memories that have made it a beloved institution.

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Our 75th Anniversary is a special time for everyone to come together and share their stories, reconnect with classmates, engage with the College, and explore the past, present, and future of CMC. Join us for the yearlong community celebration!

OUR HISTORY

The College’s history is the product of insightful leaders, generous donors, and an involved community. The 2021-22 academic year will be spent commemorating the milestones of the last 75 years in monthly exhibitions that will focus on faculty, students, campus buildings, presidents, coeducation, research institutes, the role of veterans, and others. This first exhibition will explore the “prehistory” of the College. The story of the College’s founding begins more than 100 years ago at Pomona College and ends with the first day of classes at Claremont Men’s College on September 23, 1946.

1927

A committee to look into the founding of a third college is formed by the Board of Fellows of the Claremont Colleges.

1937

Pomona College graduate George C. S. Benson, grandson of Charles Burt Sumner (a founding trustee of Pomona College), is identified as a prospect in leadership of either the graduate school or men’s college.

1944

The Claremont Colleges are reorganized to effect a more collegial governance and renamed Claremont College. Robert Bernard, who kept the idea of a third college alive, is appointed to the position of managing director of Claremont College.

1946

The Bixby Smith home is renamed Story House in honor of Russell Story’s leadership of the new college. The campus’ only permanent building, Story House is transformed into a dormitory for non-veterans with a kitchen, a dining facility for the student body, and recreational space.

 

 

1946

On June 4, the Board of Fellows appoints George Benson (far right) as director of the men’s college, authorizes Benson to recruit faculty, and accepts the budget raised by the organizing committee ($88,000).

1946

Fifty students are admitted with 10 more on the verge of accepting admission.

1946

On September 22, the day before registration, the student body stood at 86, 11 beyond the break-even point.

1927

A committee to look into the founding of a third college formed by the Board of Fellows of the Claremont Colleges

1937

Pomona College graduate George C. S. Benson, grandson of Charles Burt Sumner (First president of Pomona College), identified as a prospect in leadership of either the graduate school or men’s college.

1944

The Claremont Colleges are reorganized to effect a more collegial governance and renamed Claremont College. Robert Bernard appointed to the position of managing director of Claremont College, who kept the idea of a third college alive.

1946

The Bixby-Smith home is renamed Story House in honor of Russell Story’s leadership of the new college. It is the campus’ only permanent building. Transformed into a dormitory for nonveterans with a kitchen, a dining facility for the student body, and recreational space.

1946

On June 4, the Board of Fellows appoint George Benson (far right) as director of Men’s School, authorized Benson to recruit faculty, and accepted the budget raised by the organizing committee ($88,000).

1946

Fifty students admitted with ten more on the verge of accepting admission.

1946

On September 22, the day before registration, the student body stood at 86, eleven beyond the break-even point.

CMC STORIES

Share Your Story

The lifelong friend you met on move-in day … the research paper you finished in triumph with a beloved professor … a senior road trip you took for one last CMC hurrah with roommates … We need your story for the 75th Anniversary! Join the yearlong fun and share a personal memory with us. Whether life-changing classes, clubs, and athletics teams, unforgettable mentors and speakers, or a cherished tradition on campus, we’d love to learn about what made your CMC experience special.

Help us build a library of submissions to go live on the 75th Anniversary website on July 1. Share your story here, or if easier, send us a photo and caption. We will be in touch if we have any questions. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Be a part of CMC’s 75th Anniversary celebration! There’s never been a better time to get involved. Share your career insights with students or become a mentor. Engage with alumni, faculty, and students in our virtual events. Invest your time, talents, or treasures. And be sure to check back on July 1 for a complete schedule of special anniversary events.

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Follow us on social media for information about upcoming events and the latest news about the 75th Anniversary. Each day leading up to July 1, we will have special posts spotlighting each year in CMC’s history, with fun facts, trivia, stories, photos, and more.

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Jil (Harris) Stark '58 GP'11 has touched many students lives throughout her years at CMC and at The Claremont Colleges. 

A graduate of Scripps College (Class of 1958), she served as Athenaeum director from 1987 until 1992. She met Jack Stark '57 GP'11 while in college and they married shortly after graduating. As a result of her dedication to CMC, she is an honorary member of the CMC Alumni Association, shares  the Class of 1958's graduate year, and was awarded an honorary degree. She is also the recipient of the Eugene L. Wolver, Jr. '51 Lifetime Service Award. In 2016, the Parent Network Board named an award after her, the Jil Stark Parent Volunteer of the Year, which recognizes and honors CMC parents who have contributed in a meaningful way to the mission of CMC.

Have you encountered Jil on campus? What's your favorite interaction with CMC's former First Lady? Learn more about her legacy through our stories! 

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