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Join us in celebrating 60 years of achievement as we look toward the next 60!


Let's take a look back and see how much we've grown over 60 years.



September 1961June 1963November 1967April 1968

AACC opens with 270 students, 30 faculty members and 48 courses offered. 

Twelve students are awarded associate of arts degrees.

Arnold campus opens with 1,431 students enrolled and tuition at $300 per year.

AACC is awarded full accreditation.




April 1973August 1976October 1976January 1978

AACC becomes a Serviceman's Opportunity College and begins offering classes on Fort George G. Meade.

WACC, the student-run radio station, built a studio and broadcast tower to broadcast with 40 student volunteers.

Glen Burnie Town Center opens.

Students could enroll and receive college credit at home by watching Maryland Public Television channels 22 and 67.



1981 May 198319861980-1987

AACC launches Maryland's first program to train paramedics.

Robot Redford gives Commencement speech.

AACC forms exchange program with Bishop Otter College in West Sussex, England.

Astronomy, Johnson and Math buildings open.




August 199419941998April 1998

Dr. Martha A. Smith becomes the fifth college president.

Florestano and Cade Center for Fine Arts buildings open.

AACC starts pilot program for high school students to earn college credits by the end of their junior year.

Men's Lacrosse team wins National Championship.




August 2003March 2005August 2006May 2007

AACC at Arundel Mills opens.

President George W. Bush visits AACC.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is dedicated.

Gov. Martin O'Malley gives the commencement speech.



September 2010March 2011August 2012May 2014

Dr. Jill Biden visits AACC and participates in croissant-baking class.

Truxal Library is renovated.

Dr. Dawn Lindsay becomes AACC's sixth college president.

AACC votes to change the mascot and become the Riverhawks.

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Wingspan — Spring 2022 — AACC is celebrating 60 years! Sure, we’re recognizing big milestones from when we were chartered in 1961 to now: buildings, presidents, championships, alumni in the news and national accomplishments. But we also wanted to share some of the quieter, impressive moments that make us who we are today.

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By the time Devin Valko graduated from high school, he was halfway through completing an associate degree in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics at AACC.

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