50th Anniversary

De Anza College 50th Anniversary

De Anza College 50th Anniversary Logo

Engaging the Future: The Next 50 Years

Above is the winning 50th Anniversary logo chosen by faculty and staff. Thank you for your participation!

As the college prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary during the 2017-18 academic year, we're looking forward to a series of campus activities focused on the theme, "Engaging the Future: The Next 50 Years." The theme was introduced at graduation. Additional activities include

  • A vote on a special logo to replace the classic logo during the anniversary year. The vote was held in June, with the above logo chosen by 75 percent of voting faculty and staff. 

  • major campus event in spring 2018

Check back for more details about these events and ways to participate in the celebration!

"Acts of Kindness"

Diego GomezFor the 50th Anniversary of De Anza College, the Euphrat Museum of Art has commissioned a special project with the Teatro Visión theater company and community artist Kate DeCiccio. 

The project, entitled "Acts of Kindness," includes a portable set piece that features portraits of five people from the De Anza community who have worked to build community, encourage civic engagement and create opportunities for expression.

Karen ChowThe five are Karen Chow (at right), English faculty member and president of the Academic Senate; Diego Cihuacoatl Gomez (above left), 2017 student graduation speaker and President’s Award winner; McTate Stroman II, OTI Program Coordinator, mentor and spoken word artist; Savita Vaidhyanathan, a De Anza graduate who was elected mayor of Cupertino in 2017; and Elisa Marina Alvarado, founding artistic director of Teatro Visión.

Also as part of the anniversary project, Teatro Visión artistic director Rodrigo Garcia is presenting a series of workshops with
De Anza students from MEChA and the Chicanx Studies program, including a performance and vegetarian tamale meal in the Euphrat museum and lobby on Nov. 29.

In addition, De Anza alumna Shaila Ramos will lead a series of “Resistance through Artivism” workshops for students in the HEFAS program, culminating in an “artful day of action” in December.                


Established in 1967, De Anza College was built on 112 acres of a former turn-of-the-century wine-producing estate. Today the campus sits in the heart of Silicon Valley, known worldwide as an incubator for technology and innovation. De Anza's faculty, staff and 21,000 students reflect the highly diverse ethnicities, cultures and backgrounds that comprise the region.

As its mission statement says, "De Anza College provides an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that challenges students of every background to develop their intellect, character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, the nation and the world."

The depth and breadth of De Anza's academic programs can be measured in the 66 degrees, 85 certificates and 1,655 courses offered at the college. Through its basic skills courses, support services and Learning Communities, the college provides new opportunities for students who have been underserved by their previous educational experiences. Also central to De Anza's mission is its work to engage students in civic learning and democratic practice. 

50th Anniversary
Building: Administration
Contact: Leah Mieso
Phone: 408.864.8948

Last Updated: 11/27/17