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May 15, 2018 > Ohlone commencement launches second half-century

Ohlone commencement launches second half-century

On December 7, 1965 Fremont and Newark voters approved the creation of the Fremont Newark Junior College District and elected a seven-member Board of Trustees. Ohlone College was established to serve the cities of Fremont and Newark.

Officially named Ohlone College on June 18, 1967, the College honors the early Ohlone People of the Costanoan tribe, who inhabited the Fremont and Newark area. Long before they were named Costanoan by the Spanish priests, they were known by a neighboring Miwuk tribe as the Ohlones or Ôpeople of the West.Õ Distinguished by peaceful pursuits, especially in agriculture, they held profound reverence for the earth, believing it was theirs for living and not for the taking. They aided the Franciscan Fathers in building the Mission San Jose de Guadalupe in the late 18th century and prospered until 1806-1833 when a series of epidemics virtually destroyed the tribe. Some descendants, however, still reside in the Fremont-Newark area.

In 2017 the May 19 graduation ceremony marked Ohlone's 50th graduating class. The half-century old institution college is very proud of its history, while looking forward to a long future of serving students and the community. This year marks the first graduating class of OhloneÕs next half-century.

Ohlone College Commencement
Friday, May 18
7:00 p.m.
Epler Gymnasium, Fremont Campus
43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont

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