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Roxbury Community College History

RCC Opens Its Doors

RCC's first location, 460 Blue Hill Avenue (n.d.)

Newspaper clipping showing the Blue Hill Avenue building (source unknown)

After several years of planning, Roxbury Community College opened its doors on September 10, 1973 to 400 students. The first temporary home of RCC was located at 460 Blue Hill Avenue, a building that used to be the home of a car dealership.

 

Students registering for classes at Roxbury Community College

Students registering for classes at Roxbury Community College, The Bay State Banner, September 20, 1973

Math class at Roxbury Community College

Students in class at Roxbury Community College, The Bay State Banner, September 20, 1973

The Bay State Banner featured Roxbury Community College in their 1973 education supplement. These images show students registering for the first classes at RCC as well as faculty working with students in class.

Roxbury Community College, First Commencement (1975)

Program for the first commencement held for RCC students, June 8, 1975

Two years after opening its doors, Roxbury Community College celebrated its first graduation class on June 8, 1975.

Click here to view the entire program.

Attendees at the first commencement, Roxbury Community College; Theodore Chase, Opel Jones, Walter L. Smith (1975)

Roxbury Community College Commencement, The Bay State Banner, June 1975

Students at the first commencement, Roxbury Community College (1975)

Roxbury Community College Commencement, The Bay State Banner, June 1975

Permanent site for RCC

Contruction sign at the future home of Roxbury Community College, n.d.

For more than a decade, RCC moved from one temporary home to another.

In 1973, the college opened at its Blue Hill avenue location.

In December of 1974, the school relocated to 424 Dudley Street.

Finally, in 1977, The MBRCC approved a permanent site on the Southwest Corridor. But before RCC could claim its new home at Roxbury Crossing, the school moved one last time to Huntington Avenue.