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Superintendent-President Rajen Vurdien distributed the following message to students today, the first day of classes of the 2016 academic year.

Dear students:
On behalf of all of my colleagues at Pasadena City College: Welcome to the start of the 2016 academic year!
Whether you are returning to campus this fall or this is your first semester with us, we’re very glad that you have decided to pursue your education at PCC. For more than 90 years, we have been proud to provide the residents of the San Gabriel Valley an atmosphere of personal growth and learning that challenges our students to achieve their best. Today you take your place among the ranks of our former students, including such luminaries as legendary athlete Jackie Robinson and educator Jaime Escalante, and I am confident that you will carry on their tradition of greatness.
As you begin your year with us, please remember that our faculty, counselors, and administrators are here to help you. If you need to learn more about financial aid, or brush up on your math skills, or just find a club or organization to pursue something new, I encourage you to browse our updated website, reach out, and — above all else — ask for advice. We are all committed to seeing you succeed.
In the days and weeks ahead there will be a number of events and activities for you to learn more about what PCC has to offer. Look out for news of Welcome Week and Club Week, sponsored by our Office of Student Life, as a good way to see what’s happening on campus. Later this semester our Pathways faculty will be encouraging the entire campus to read the book “Kindred” by noted science fiction author Octavia Butler, who is also a PCC alumna. I encourage you to join us as we take part in the “One Book, One College” experience. For these and other reasons, your life as a PCC student is sure to be an exciting one.
I hope you enjoy your time at PCC. I wish you all the best in your academic pursuits, and I hope to hear more of your success as the year goes on. Until then, best wishes on this first day of school!

Onward Lancers!

Yours sincerely,

Rajen Vurdien, Ph.D., MBA
Superintendent President

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