Gavilan College Kicks Off Its Centennial Year
“Gavilan Through The Decades” will be held from 5:30–9:00 p.m. Saturday, September 7,
at the college at 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd. in Gilroy. Tickets available at www.gavilan.edu.
avilan College will be celebrating the College’s 100 th
birthday this year and highlighting the milestone
with a Centennial bash on the Gilroy campus. Gala
guests will take a nostalgic and informative stroll through
the decades of Gavilan’s history from the 1920s to today.
Guests will enjoy by-the-decade displays, as well as food
stations with themed food from each decade, wine stations,
live music, photo booths, students in period costume,
formal portraits, live auction, silent auction, strolling card
magician in a tuxedo, and a string quartet.
“We are really looking forward to this celebration, and
look forward to welcoming the community to campus
for the party of the century!” said Dr. Kathleen Rose,
Superintendent / President of Gavilan College.
The program will begin with a welcome from
Superintendent/President Dr. Kathleen A. Rose, who will
share the history of the college, acknowledge all sponsors
and dignitaries, introduce honorees from each decade
and will include music, silent and live auctions and
Gavilan College was established in 1919 as the San
Benito County Junior College, operating under that name
until 1963, when a new community college district was
drawn that included both San Benito County and southern
Santa Clara County. The college moved to its present main
campus in 1968.
In 1997, satellite sites were added in Hollister and
Morgan Hill to augment offerings on the main campus.
In 2008, land was purchased in Coyote Valley and San
Benito County for the development of additional cam-
puses. In 2017, Phase 1 of the Coyote Valley Center was
completed, becoming Gavilan’s newest instructional site and
the home for South Bay Public Safety Training Consortium
police and fire academies.
Gavilan College is one of 114 California community
colleges, a part of the largest system of higher education
in the world.
Event Sponsorships, which offer a number of
benefits depending on level of sponsorship, including
gala tickets, signage, promotion and advertising,
social media and website promotion, and more,
are now available. To become a sponsor, contact
Bobbi Jo Palmer at