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50th Anniversary

  • A selection of QCC guardians
  • Gail speaks at guardians event
  • Staff and guardians at event
  • Staff and guardians at event
  • QCC students at outdoor event
  • A selection of QCC guardians
  • QCC Guardians award
  • 50th anniversary wall banner
  • A QCC guardian and family
  • Students sit at table at outdoor event
  • 50th anniversary t-shirts
  • 50th anniversary slideshow
  • 50th anniversary frisbee
  • Staff and guardians at event
  • Staff and guardians at event
  • A selection of QCC guardians


QCC was established in 1963 to provide access to quality, higher education to residents of Central Massachusetts, providing thousands of men and women opportunities for:

  • A first-rate education
  • Personal growth
  • Immediate entry into the workforce
  • Transfer to bachelor level programs in four-year colleges and universities
  • Personal and cultural enrichment

QCC: A History

  • December 15, 1961 — Massachusetts Board of Regional Community. College approves application by Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce for a college in Worcester
  • December 19, 1962 — Site selected at 251 Belmont Street and approved by the Regional Board
  • February 2, 1963 — President Paul G. Preus appointed.
  • May 10, 1963 — First student admitted.
  • June 7, 1963 — Since the renovation of the Belmont Street buildings would not be completed in time for the opening of classes, the gracious offer of Father Raymond Swords, President of the College of the Holy Cross, to hold classes “at The Cross” for one year was approved and accepted by the Board of Regional Community Colleges; 278 students began classes there on September 30.
  • September 30, 1963 — First classes begin.
  • June 8, 1964 — First Summer Session of 88 students enrolled at the College still located on the Holy Cross campus.
  • September 28, 1964 — Classes begin at the new facilities on Belmont Street with 558 day division students and 150 evening division students.
  • November 8, 1964 — Dedication of the Belmont Street Campus.
  • June 10, 1965 — First Commencement Exercises for a class of 44 candidates, including students in Liberal Arts, Business Administration and Secretarial, and Engineering.
  • December 8, 1967 — Accreditation by and membership in the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools was awarded.
  • June 6, 1968 — First students from Nursing Program graduate.
  • June 4, 1969 — First Electronic Technologists graduate.
  • July 29, 1969 — Worcester Consortium of Higher Education was incorporated, consisting of six senior and four junior colleges in and near Worcester and including Quinsigamond Community College.
  • June 7, 1970 — First students from the Data Processing program graduate and the first students whose studies were entirely in the evening earned their degrees.
  • November 30, 1970 — After more than a year of negotiation and legislative action, papers were passed for the purchase of the Assumption Preparatory School campus on West Boylston Street, Worcester.
  • January 27, 1971 — Classes held for the first time on the West Boylston Street  Campus for approximately 900 students. The 500 day division students continue at the Belmont Street Campus.
  • June 5, 1971 — Commencement Exercises, including a brief Dedication Ceremony, held for the first time at the permanent site in Greendale. The first candidates from the Law Enforcement and Civil Technology programs receive their degrees.
  • September, 1971 — Anticipated enrollment for Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester will include approximately 1600 day division students, approximately 2000 evening division students, and almost 2000 in the summer division in 1972. One extension of the College is in its first year located in Southbridge and accommodating more than 200 students and a second extension is planned for the Blackstone Valley.
  • May, 2004 — QCC opens The Harrington Learning Center, a 56,000-square foot, three-story, state-of-the-art facility  housing  the Alden Library and a comprehensive academic and media center.
  • July, 2009 — President Barack Obama issues challenge to community college system nationwide to double their numbers. QCC rises to the challenge, graduating 80 percent more students since June 2007.
  • September, 2009 — First satellite location opens in Southbridge.
  • September, 2011 — Marlborough satellite location opens at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School.
  • February, 2013 — QCC announces expansion to downtown Worcester for Health Care and Workforce Development Center; soft opening anticipated in early 2014.
  • 2014 — Anticipated groundbreaking for Science & Technology Building
  • 2014 — Anticipated groundbreaking for Downtown Campus

50th Logos and Artwork

For more logos and style rules, please visit our online style guide.

Evolution of the Quinsigamond Logo

The evolution of QCC logos

  1. 1995 black and white rectangular logo.
  2. Red ellipse logo with full college name.
  3. Red ellipse with new tagline.
  4. Introduction of the school color, Pantone 2945 to the ellipse logo.
  5. Current logo representing an open door.
  6. Special edition 50th Anniversary logo.

Behind the Scenes: A Look at the Wyvern

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The Wyvern mascot has developed extensively over the years, changing from a ferocious creature of myth into the friendly, guardian figure adopted by QCC. Each iteration highlights a different dragon-like trait of this creature from English folklore, where the creature is said to have possessed a venomous bite, a lack of hind legs, and the ability to breath fire. In heraldry, the wyvern is commonly a supporting figure on crests and seals.

For a more detailed history, please visit our Wyvern page.