SANTA MARIA, Calif - Allan Hancock College begins its Centennial Celebration of 100 years of providing local academic instruction, career training and educational opportunities.
The first event to mark the occasion is the opening of a time capsule buried on the Santa Maria campus in 1995 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the college.
Invited guests for the ceremony inside the Marian Theater are students, faculty and staff who were on the Santa Maria campus when the time capsule was buried 25 years ago.
Allan Hancock College began in 1920 with classes held at Santa Maria High School.
Growing enrollment saw AHC move to its present location in 1954 next to what was then the Hancock Air Field.
Allan Hancock College is named after Captain G. Allan Hancock who was a prominent member of the community and owned both the Air Field and the land around it which is now the college campus.
Events marking the AHC Centennial are planned throughout the current academic year.
The opening of the time capsule on Thursday morning will be streamed live on the special AHC Centennial Celebration website.