GRCC Announces 100th Anniversary Celebration Logo Competition - “Share Your Story,” Call for Alumni and Community Participation Also Part of Celebration Kick-off

September 14, 2012 Grand Rapids, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will be celebrating its centennial anniversary during the 2014-15 academic year.  To officially kick off planning activities the college is inviting the community to design the 100th anniversary logo.

GRCC Provost Dr. Gilda Gely heads up the 100th Anniversary steering committee responsible for planning the centennial celebration.  “I could not think of a better, more fitting way to engage the community – GRCC’s community – in this important time at GRCC,” she said.  “The competition is open to anyone who would like to be part of our 100-year celebration.”

Entries for the logo competition are due by October 31, 2012.  A panel of judges will select the top 25 entries, which in turn will be voted on by the public via the GRCC 100th Anniversary Facebook page to determine the top three designs and three honorable mentions.  The winner will be announced on December 1, 2012.   First place will receive $500, and that design will be the official logo for the college’s centennial celebration.  Full details and guidelines for the competition are available at

Early stages of planning for this celebration began in fall of 2011, with working committees now in place and timelines being developed for the festivities that will take place throughout the 2014-15 academic year - the official mark of the college’s 100th anniversary. 

In addition to the logo competition, steering committee members are asking GRJC/GRCC alumni to share their personal story and experience at the college, including graduation date, best campus/class experience, favorite professor and/or favorite club or campus activity.   Individuals can share their story by visiting

Provost Gely added, “We want this to be a community-wide celebration, so we encourage not just our alumni, but also everyone who feels a connection with the college, to join us in the planning of this important event in our college’s history.”  Individuals interested in participating can submit an online form at

The schedule of the yearlong festivities will be announced as details are finalized.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.