Inaugural SPC Day Links to Past, Points to Future


SPC Leadership gathers for a photo during SPC Day celebration

The inaugural SPC Day on Sept. 12 was everything it needed to be – a commemoration of the college’s rich history, a celebration of its present-day role in the life of our community, and a chance to prepare for even better days ahead.

Among the many highlights was a proclamation by the City of St. Petersburg declaring Sept. 12 as St. Petersburg College Day. The proclamation, delivered by Mayor Ken Welch, came on the heels of a rousing address highlighting the ways in which SPC has made an impact in the community for nearly a century. Mayor Welch looked to the future as well, noting that the college’s growth is an economic boon to the region, and that it’s continued growth is important for the well being for all of Tampa Bay.

John and Alan Day

John and Alan Day

In her remarks, SPC President Dr. Tonjua Williams noted the legacy of two special guests, John and Alan Day. The brothers are both SPC graduates, and the sons of a member of St. Pete Junior College’s first graduating class. Their mother, Helen Ormsby Day, graduated in 1929. As a family of educators, the brothers Day established a scholarship in their mother’s memory.

After recounting the brothers’ generosity, President Williams asked the assembled crowd to join them in making a SPC Day gift to the Foundation. During the day, 340 donors did just that, giving $225,695 to the college in the process.