50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary - Continuing the Vision

Northwest Florida State College will begin a more than year-long recognition of its 50th Anniversary on April 17, 2013 - encompassing the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the college by the Florida legislature in April 1963 through the first semester at Okaloosa-Walton Junior College (OWJC) in August, 1964. The 50th Anniversary will focus on "Continuing the Vision" of improving lives through higher education - a vision that started in 1963 with OWJC and continued through the college's years of service as Okaloosa-Walton Community College (OWCC- 1988 to 2004) and Okaloosa-Walton College (OWC-2004-2008) though its current status as a state college (2008 to present). A 50th Anniversary Committee is currently finalizing anniversary year events and plans, see important 50th announcements below and also check back often to this webpage for updates!


50th Anniversary Poster Contest! - Call for Submissions NOW Open!


Contest Entry Deadline April 1, 2013. $800 honorarium for winning design! See Contest Rules and Entry Form for submission guidelines! Contest open to Students, Employees, Alumni & the Public.

Click here for Contest Rules & Entry Form


College History

Check out this extensive college history website with history, photos, and more! New features added often - check back for more 50th Anniversary historical features.


Signature 50th Anniversary Events


  • Anniversary Kick-Off Assembly & Opening of Doolittle Raiders History Exhibit
    April 17, 2013 - Raider Arena, Niceville Campus 9:30 -11:30 am

    Meet the surviving heroes of the historic WWII Doolittle Raiders, the namesake for the college's Raiders mascot, as they visit the college for the dedication of a Doolittle Raiders history exhibit at the NWFSC Raiders Arena. The exhibit opening will be part of the Anniversary Kick-Off Assembly held in the Arena for students, alumni and the public! Join in a festive Ribbon cutting & Recognition to open the Anniversary year, 50th Anniversary Cake and Hotdog lunch, and tour the new Doolittle Raider History exhibit in the Arena lobby! Plan now to attend this free 50th Anniversary event!


  • Anniversary Gala - "This Is The 60's" National Touring Production
    October 12*, 2013 - Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville Campus
    6:00 p.m. Gala Reception, 7:30 p.m. performance

    Tickets for the spectacular national touring production of "This Is The 60's" - are tentatively set to go on sale July 17, 2013. Ticket options will include "Show, Plus Gala"- $50* (limited to 500 tickets) or "Show Only" -$35*. The 1960's were, without question, the most exciting and innovative decade in the history of popular music. "This Is The 60's" is a live concert experience that combines, film, lighting, multimedia imagery and high-concept stage design with talented vocalists and the music of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Supremes, Monkeys, Janis Joplin, Temptations, Cream, Mama & Papas, Simon & Garfunkel and more! For those who were there in the 1960's, it's the ultimate opportunity to relive the generation that altered everything from hairstyles to human rights! For the younger generation, there's no better way to experience the best in classic rock and experience the ultimate decade of music. Come dressed in your hippest 60's garb for even more fun! Combo "Show, Plus Gala" tickets include a fab 1960's themed reception prior to the show - starting at 6:00 p.m., an exclusive reserved seating section, costume contest with prizes and more! "Show Only" option includes tickets to the performance that begins at 7:30 p.m. and reserved seating. *Ticket prices, show title, and date subject to change pending approval by the NWFSC Board of Trustees.


  • Anniversary Open House - Spring/Summer Term 2014 - Date TBA
    A campus-wide open house will be held in Spring-Term 2014 as one of the final events of the anniversary year. Open House agenda TBA. Check back to this webpage for the 2014 Open House agenda to be posted soon!