May 23 officially marks UCLA's 100th birthday, the date in 1919 when Governor Stephens
signed Assembly Bill 626 into law, turning the Los Angeles State Normal School into
the Southern Branch of the University of California. Read on to learn the genesis
of UCLA and its first decade.
The celebration of 100 years begins on May 18, 8 p.m., as Royce Hall transforms
with a spectacular Lighting the Way Projection Show. Then on May 22, 6:30 p.m.,
the party continues at Grand Park
with KCRW, for the lighting of City Hall in blue and gold. Both events are free
and open to the public.
The excitement is building as thousands of Bruins will descend upon campus on May
18 for day-long festivities, totaling more than 100 sessions, tours and experiences.
Check out the full slate. Online registration closes on May 2 but you're also more
than welcome to register onsite.
The original location of UCLA on Vermont Avenue in 1922 is nearly unrecognizable
today as the site of Los Angeles City College. A comparison of these aerial photographs
shows the birthplace of our University amidst an evolving metropolis.
When Jenn Carson found out her father was a serial killer, she thought she was doomed
to follow a dark path. But then she met a teacher who made a difference. Read this
heartwarming story of Sylvia Case Peterson '56, and how her kindness saved a life.