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California State University, Long Beach
Alumni Association

1950 - 1951


September, 1950

For the second fall semester, enrollment increased to 971 students.

First Graduate Program

A Graduate Program is introduced into the California State Colleges by legislative authority. At LBSC, the Master of Arts degree is specifically designed for those in or about to enter into the teaching profession.

Spring Semester, 1951

Classes continued on the temporary campus while plans were completed to place enough emergency buildings to accommodate 2,200 students for the college's new home site.

Kicks from the can-can line on 49er Day.

49er Day Becomes a Spring Tradition

The second Forty-Niner Day was the big all-school event taking place during the spring semester, sponsored by Women Students Organized for Service (WSOS).

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Alumni Association Founded

The Alumni Association was founded to sponsor and coordinate activities of interest to the graduates of the college. Eugene Amsberry served as the first president.

1951 First Men's Basketball Team with Coach Herman Schwartzkopf.

First Sport on Campus

Men's Basketball was the first sport to debut on campus. Later in the year the first golf team formed.

June 15

Eleven candidates were the first to receive their Master of Arts degree from LBSC.


Construction began on the permanent campus while temporary buildings were also being placed to accommodate students for the fall semester.