CORNING - Corning Community College celebrated the anniversary of the Class of 1960 Tuesday afternoon, one of CCC’s earliest classes, at Old School 3, the initial home of the college.

“We are here for a very special celebration,” CCC President Katherine Douglas told a small crowd at the former school site that included five class members. “It was on this very day, Sept. 18, 60-years ago that the Corning Leader published a piece entitled a dream come true.”

Douglas said the article celebrated that CCC, a dream of the Corning Community for years had come true.

“CCC’s first president Bill Perry along with six full-time faculty and four part-time faculty welcomed the incoming class,” Douglas said. “There were 118 students. The majority were men, 85, and 33 women. I will tell you that today’s age has flipped. We see more like 66 percent woman and 33 percent men.”

Class of 1960 students Neil F. Bulkley, Bill Olmstead, Elwyn Patrick, Peter Lederer and Janet Farnsworth attended the celebration at Old School 3, 259 Chemung St., Corning.

“Your class really showed what was possible when a community cares about a dream, works collaboratively, with a clear vision, and makes something happen. Something that has stood the test of time,” Douglas said. “As Perry said, we are building something for 100 years and beyond.”

Douglas told the students of the Class of 1960 at the event, CCC has done that and this celebration is a testament to just that.

“I thought (the event) was just terrific,” Lederer said. “I think (the class) has only been here two times since we graduated. One was about 50 years ago and the other was about 10 years ago. It’s been a lot of fun.”

"The fact that we all stood here and looked up at the entrance to the school to go in for our first class today 60 years ago bring up memories," Farnsworth said, while standing in front of Old School 3.

Olmstead said he appreciated the celebration.

Douglas said CCC moved to its current location for the 1963-64 school season.

“I think in the twilight hours of where was the college going to be, I think it came really close to being in Chemung County,” Bulkley said.

“I think you’re right,” Douglas said. 

Nancy Magrath, a resident of an apartment at the former school site, allowed CCC to hold its celebration in her apartment. The former middle school and CCC site was converted into apartments in the 1990s.

“Thank you Nancy for you generosity,” Douglas said. “It really made this a special occasion.”

The CCC officials and the Class of 1960 students raised a glass for a toast at the end of the celebration.