As Ivy Tech Community College celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2023, Ivy Tech Indianapolis is looking back on significant moments of our past that have made our campus the most extensive and diverse in the entire Ivy Tech system. As we progress toward continued positive change and evolution, we must reflect on our past to understand where we’ve been and envision our future. So, here’s to the next 60 years of building more sufficient pathways to higher education for our community!


State, city, community leaders, staff, and faculty commenced at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis 10 years ago this September to celebrate Ivy Tech Community College’s 50th anniversary. 

On Sept. 6, 2013, Ivy Tech hosted some of the state’s most influential citizens for a “50 Years of Changing Lives” gala. 

“When a milestone only comes around once in a lifetime, it makes sense to honor it with a once-in-a-lifetime event,” the Spring 2013 edition of the Ivy Tech Community College Magazine read. 

Sue Ellspermann, our current Ivy Tech President and then-Indiana Lieutenant Governor, was one of the many speakers that evening. Other notable speakers included former Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks, media personality Abdul-hakim Shabazz, and former Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. 

PHOTOS: Ivy Tech 50th Anniversary Gala

Gala attendees were treated to dinner, a video retrospective, live music from Jon McLaughlin, fireworks, a performance by “The Three Waiters,” and treats from various Indiana-based companies.

NEXT: Ivy Tech Indianapolis’ 2023 Community Celebration & 60th Anniversary Bash

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.