Alumni: Hall of Fame
History of the Long Beach City College Alumni Hall of Fame
The Long Beach City College Alumni Hall of Fame was originally created by the Associated Student Body Cabinet as a way to honor former students who have excelled in their chosen professions after leaving the College. The first induction ceremony took place on campus in 1972 and was a small affair that inducted three worthy individuals. Every year since then another class of three to five outstanding individuals has been added. The ceremony has evolved from a small gathering hosted by the ASB Cabinet to a large off-campus affair hosted by the Alumni Office that can appropriately honor the inductees and accommodate the large number of individuals who want to celebrate their achievements.
These inductees represent a wide variety of professions and personal interests including the areas of Arts and Entertainment, Athletics, Business and Industry, Civil Service and Government, Community Service and Philanthropy, Medicine and Science, and more. In order to honor the many outstanding athletes who have competed on the fields and courts over the years for the Vikings, in the mid-1990s a separate Hall of Champions ceremony was created. The main lobby of the gymnasium is dedicated to displaying the photos and accomplishments of these talented athletes.
With the induction of the 2020 honorees, the total number of Hall of Fame members stands at 185 outstanding individuals. All those inducted create an outstanding list of individuals who are not only well known locally, but in many cases nationally and internationally. They not only serve as role models to inspire current students but also represent the value of the wonderful education one can receive at the College. The photographs of the Hall of Fame members are displayed in T-1200, located on the Liberal Arts Campus.
As you read through the list of Hall of Fame inductees you may want additional information about them or the nomination and selection process. Please feel free to contact the Alumni Office to learn more.
The 2020 Hall of Fame honorees are International City Theatre’s artistic director caryn desai; photographer Duke Givens; concert promoter/arts presenter John Malveaux; retired Long Beach Police Commander Charles Parks; and educator Cynthia Terry.
“During these challenging times of remote learning, it’s wonderful to celebrate our distinguished alumni and their many accomplishments to serve as an inspiration to our current students,” said Long Beach Community College District Interim Superintendent-President Lou Anne Bynum.
The announcement and celebration of the 2020 inductees have been delayed due to the challenges faced by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.