Samuel Merritt College Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Samuel Merritt College

January 25, 2009

ATTENTION: Higher education and health science writers, reporters, photographers and editors

Samuel Merritt College Celebrates 100th Anniversary


Samuel Merritt College's Founder's Day event kicks off a yearlong celebration of its centennial. A major announcement, marking the beginning of a new era for the institution, will be made during the program.


January 26, Monday, the program begins at 5:00 p.m. followed by a special announcement. The program will end at 7:00 p.m.


Samuel Merritt College, Fontaine Auditorium at the Health Education Center, 400 Hawthorne Street, Oakland.


Samuel Merritt College faculty, staff, students, Board of Regents, government leaders, and community members will be at the event. Susan Adams, PhD, RN, NP, is a Marin County Supervisor and will give the keynote address, Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities.


Samuel Merritt College Media Relations staff, Elizabeth Valente, will be available to assist in obtaining interviews and photo shots. The event will feature SMC community members dressed in regalia gown, cap, tassel, and degree color hoods. Framed proclamations and recognition letters from state, city and government leaders will be on display as well as historical photographs.


Samuel Merritt College, located next to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, enrolls nearly 1,300 students in undergraduate and graduate programs including nursing, occupational therapy and physician assistant, as well as doctoral programs in physical therapy and podiatric medicine. For more information visit


Elizabeth Valente, Associate Director of Media Relations
510.725.7980 cell