Celebrating half a century of shaping students' futures

During the 2016-2017 school year, Waubonsee celebrated its “Proud Past, Bold Future” and marked the college's 50 anniversary. We commemorated the occasion with a variety of initiatives, events and celebrations. Our history is just the beginning.

Watch our 50th Anniversary highlight video

50th Anniversary Highlight Video
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Interactive Timeline

Waubonsee was established in August 1966 when the electorate of 12 school districts in most of Kane and portions of Kendall, DeKalb, LaSalle and Will counties voted to establish Community College District 516. That means just five decades ago, students made the choice to begin shaping their futures at Waubonsee.

View our Interactive Timeline

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50 Hours of Caring

As part of our anniversary celebration, Waubonsee faculty, staff, administrators and students were challenged to complete 50 hours of community service individually or as a team of no more than five members. The volunteer or community service work was not required to be connected to one’s educational or academic profession. Giving back to our communities was a great way to celebrate our partnerships and support over the years!

News & Events

Rep. Randy Hultgren Celebrates Waubonsee Community College’s 50 Years of Service

Numerous 50th Anniversary events were held throughout the year, across our campus locations and across the community. Some of them were featured in local news stories.


We were pleased to receive numerous proclamations, congressional records and congratulatory letters from elected officials in honor of our 50th anniversary. See our archive of letters and read their messages.

Community Partnerships

During our anniversary year, we thanked the many partners who have helped us create brighter futures for our students and the entire community.

Social Media

A few fun hashtags put our 50th-year commemoration front and center on social media.

  • #50YearsofWaubonsee
  • #50thFridays