More than 150 former students and guests gathered for the first-ever Joplin Junior College reunion, held March 31.

The reunion kicked off with visitors becoming reacquainted with what is now Memorial Education Center at 310 W. Eighth St., before a historical presentation by Brad Belk, director of the Joplin Museum Complex.

JJC reunion Spring 2017

Initially housed in 1937 at that location (then Joplin High School), the junior college found a new home at Fourth Street and Byers Avenue in 1938. It would later move back to its original building. The college remained at that location until transitioning into a four-year school in 1967 at the former Mission Hills estate (now Missouri Southern State University).

Reunion activities resumed at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, with a social hour, dinner and special program.

“The Joplin Junior College reunion was a terrific opportunity to gather our alumni from our first graduating class of 1939 to the late 1960s,” said Lee Elliff Pound, Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations. “Everyone had a great time reminiscing and we had a wonderful response to this event. We look forward to having more reunions for this special group of alumni.”