CMC Digital Exhibits

Join with Claremont McKenna College as we celebrate our vibrant 75-year history. Reflecting back on the College’s modest origins will lead to perspectives on the College’s current success and will inform the College’s aspirations for the future.

The 2021-22 academic year will be spent commemorating the milestones of the last 75 years in monthly exhibitions that will focus on faculty, students, campus buildings, presidents, coeducation, research institutes, the role of veterans, and others.

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Founding of a Men's College

A look at the founding of Claremont Men’s College, from the seeds of an idea planted by the founders of Pomona College to its spartan opening in the shadows of World War II.


The Early Years of CMC

A look at CMC’s first 10 to 15 years as an academic institution with a focus on its early student body, inaugural faculty, and initial administration who helped pave the way for future successes, and the shaping of curriculum.


Transition to Coeducation

Examining CMC’s transition to a coeducational institution — with a focus on CMC’s Pioneers, the first female students — and an examination of CMC’s name-change process following the transition.


CMC Campus Stories

Highlights of campus life, life in dormitories, student activities, clubs, events, and unique CMC traditions over the years. How has life for CMC’s students changed over the decades? Which traditions have been phased out, and which have endured?


Presidents of CMC

An exhibition to showcase each of CMC’s five presidents through photos and biographical information. The exhibition will examine both personal and institutional accomplishments during their tenures illustrating how each left a lasting impact on the College.


Veterans and the ROTC

The role of veterans from WWII who were some of CMC’s first enrolled students and leaders. The exhibition will examine the early years of veterans housing, the formation of CMC’s ROTC program, and the Vietnam War era and campus protests of the 1960s.



January 2022

An examination tracing the history of Athletics from a joint program with Pomona to the inception of CMS Athletics, including key figures over the years, coaches and athletes, as well as highlights of individual programs.

Campus Buildings and Artwork

December 2021

A look at the growth of the CMC campus over the years. The exhibition will highlight key building projects, brief histories of campus buildings, and notable campus architects.


March 2022

A look at notable faculty members that have helped to shape CMC over the years. The exhibition will tell the story of how faculty members envisioned the curriculum and the influence they left on the student body.

Athenaeum and Campus Speakers

April 2022

A look at the founding and growth of the Athenaeum as a cornerstone campus institution, tracing the Ath’s role as a pillar of academic and social life at CMC.

CMC Commencement and Speakers

May 2022

An overview of CMC’s commencement speakers over the years, highlighting notable figures who have visited campus to send off the graduating class.

Research Institutes and Joint Programs

June 2022

An examination of CMC’s research institutes and centers on campus with a focus on their history, their fields of study, the academic roles they serve, and the resources they provide to students and faculty.