Maysville Community and Technical College is celebrating its 50 year anniversary, and is inviting the community to take part in the festivities.
MCTC will host a 50th Anniversary Celebration at 5 p.m., on Aug. 26, on the front lawn of the Maysville campus. All students, faculty, staff, alumni, community partners and friends and family are encouraged to attend.
MCTC President Stephen Vacik spoke of the significance of the college turning 50.
“When you reach 50, you can’t help but to reflect on the history and change in your organization. But personally, I’m just as excited to see where we go next,” Vacik, said. “In my time at MCTC, we’ve faced significant obstacles and experienced a number of changes, not always of our own choosing. But creating opportunities and helping make better lives for our students, that remains the essence of our mission. That will never change.”
MCTC Foundation Director Cara Clarke says planning for the anniversary began at beginning of the year. She has high hopes for the event, expressing her desire to recognize all of the alumni who have passed though the campus.
“We really want to recognize the first graduating class from 1970,” Clarke said, “of which (former US Representative) Mike Denham is a part of.”
Attendees will enjoy a free cookout complete with ice cream and cupcakes. Other activities include a meet and greet with former MCTC presidents, a historical slideshow, and an opportunity to share your MCTC memories to be featured in a video being produced about the history of the college. The college will also reveal the contents of a time capsule that contains items curated during its existence.
Two live music acts will be entertaining from the main stage on the lawn. Opening the show will be the MCTC Mountain Boys, a bluegrass band that is made up of a group of current or previous HVAC program graduates who recently discovered their shared talent.
Then, taking the stage at 7 p.m. will be The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. The KSO will be performing its “Class Reunion” set list that features hits from the 1960 to today’s biggest hits and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
“We are beyond excited to be able to present the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra as part of our 50th celebration,” Clarke said. “Through a generous contribution from the Maysville-Mason County Arts Commission and the estate of Ann Scott Mason we are able to present what is sure to be a wonderful evening. We want to fill the lawn with alumni, students and all the friends we’ve made through the years so spread the word!”
For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit maysville.kctcs.edu/community or contact Cara Clarke at [email protected]