Celebrating 40 years of Evergreen
On October 4, 1971, Evergreen's first president, Charles McCann, and the founding faculty of the college held the first day of classes for 1,178 new students. The following June, 21 of those students received their diplomas, becoming the Class of ’72, Evergreen's first graduates.
Reconnect – Return – Support – Celebrate
Forty years later, with over 40,000 alumni around the world, we are celebrating this milestone. Starting September 19th—and for the next 40 weeks—we'll be reflecting on our achievements, encouraging our alumni and friends to return to campus—in person, or virtually if that isn't possible—and reconnecting friends and family within the Evergreen community.
Check out our 40 Weeks of Events.
As an innovative public liberal arts college, Evergreen has always emphasized collaborative, interdisciplinary learning across significant differences. Our academic community engages students in defining and thinking critically about learning. Evergreen is committed to social justice, diversity, environmental stewardship and service in the public interest. Our dedication to our mission is unwavering.