Panola College was born as Panola County Junior College during the post-WWII junior college boom in Texas. PCJC came into existence in Carthage, a small town in rural East Texas. From modest beginnings in a handful of surplus army buildings with an original enrollment of only 55 students, Panola's modern campus boasts spacious, state-of-the-art facilities and a student body that numbers 2,600 or more.

Upcoming 75th Anniversary Events

Join us in celebrating our diamond anniversary.

Historical Marker Unveiling Ceremony (Aug. 23)

Time: 10:00 AM

Date: Tuesday, August 23

Location: outside the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized Panola College as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker. As Panola College celebrates its 75th anniversary this fall, the designation honors Panola College as an important and educational part of local history. 

Panola College and the Panola County Historical Commission welcomes the public to share in and witness this exciting historical event. Refreshments will follow the ceremony.

The Bill O'Neal Collection Reception (Sept. 10)

Time: 10:00 AM

Date: Saturday, September 10

Location: M.P. Baker Library

Author Bill O'Neal has been associated with Panola College since he joined the history faculty in 1970. He has written more than 50 history books and, after leaving the classroom, was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve as State Historian of Texas (2012-2018). O'Neal has participated in campus events for more than half a century, and he has interviewed Panola pioneers who date back to the first years of the college.

Join O'Neal for a reception for his book collection, along with a special signing of his newest book, which details the 75-year history of Panola College. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Refreshments will be provided. No RSVP is required.

'75 Years Along the Pony Trail' Book Signing (Sept. 15)

Time: 2:00 pm

Date: Thursday, September 15

Location: murphy payne room, m.p. baker library

Join us for a special book signing of 75 Years Along the Pony Trail, Panola College 1947 – 2022, and a special meet and greet with Author Bill O'Neal. The event is open to the public and free to attend. No RSVP is required.

75 Years Along the Pony Trail, Panola College 1947 – 2022

75 Years Along the Pony Trail relates the story of Panola College, born as Panola County Junior College during the post-WWII junior college boom in Texas. PCJC came into existence in Carthage, a small town in rural East Texas. From modest beginnings in a handful of surplus army buildings with an original enrollment of only 55 students, Panola's modern campus boasts spacious, state-of-the art facilities and a student body which numbers 2600 or more.

Panola athletics have produced national championships in team sports and as individual achievements. Panola musicians and dancers, actors and actresses, have brought delightful stage performances to the campus and community, thus enriching the cultural life of the region. A parade of former Panola students have gone on to careers as professional athletes, country and western stars, prominent physicians and nurses, educators, and attorneys. Panola exes have become solid members of their communities and family leaders who have sent generations of young men and women to improve themselves at their alma mater. 

75 Years Along the Pony Trail is their story.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Alumni Mixer (Sept. 15)

Time: 4:30-6:30 PM

Date: Thursday, September 15

Location: the Health and Natural Sciences Building

The Department of Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) will host a come-and-go alumni mixer in honor of Panola College's 75th anniversary. The mixer will take place in the OTA classroom, which is located on the first floor of the Health and Natural Sciences building. The event is free to attend and open to all alumni of the OTA program. Refreshments will be provided. No RSVP is required.

Alumni Meetup & Featured Alumni Recognition (Sept. 22)

Time: 6:00 PM

Date: Thursday, September 22

Location: Arthur Johnson Gymnasium

Panola College Alumni Association will host an alumni meetup at the Fillies' volleyball game. The Alumni Association invites you to reconnect with classmates and relive memories of days gone by. The event is open to the public. Tickets to the game are $5 each and will be available at the gate. 

Featured Alumni in attendance will be honored at the event.

Nursing Alumni Mixer (Sept. 27)

Time:5:00 - 7:00 PM

Date: Tuesday, September 27

Location: Health and Natural Sciences Building

The Department of Nursing will host a come-and-go alumni mixer in honor of Panola College's 75th anniversary. You are invited to reconnect and network with former classmates, faculty, and staff. The mixer will take place on the second floor of the Health and Natural Sciences building. The event is free to attend and open to all alumni of the ADN and VN programs. Refreshments will be provided. No RSVP is required.

Panola College Laser Show (Oct. 11)

Pre-Event: 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Main Event Time: 7:30 pm

Date: Tuesday, October 11

Location: outside of the Charles c. Matthews foundation student center

The Murphy-Payne laser show will be a free spectacle for the community to enjoy while commemorating Panola College's 75th anniversary. Taking place outside of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center, the laser show will be projected at times across the entire building, giving the show shapes and a presence that can't be found anywhere else. The entire show will be choreographed to an eclectic selection of music, from original music to "Star Wars" symphonic music, pop music, to patriotic music. The show will be presented by Laser Spectacles, Inc.

From 5:30 to 7:30 there will be a variety of food trucks available on-site where guests can purchase food and drinks to enjoy prior to the main event. Balloon artists and face painters will also be on site.

The event is sponsored by B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture. The program is free and open to the public. It is recommended guests bring chairs or blankets to sit on while enjoying the show.

Disclaimer: All or designated areas of the venue during the laser show may be subject to loud music and sounds, as well as strobe lighting and other special effects, including flashing lights, rapidly changing or alternating images, the use of fog, haze or smoke with theatrical stage lighting, and laser projections. Individuals who suffer from certain health conditions, including seizures, light sensitivity, or any other health condition that could be aggravated by these special effects should consider this warning before attending the event, as such special effects may cause or induce seizures and other health conditions.

Dinner Theatre Featuring Alumni (Oct. 15 & 16)

Time: To Be Announced

Dates: Saturday, October 15 & Sunday, October 16

Location: the Elizabeth hedges studio theatre

Alumni of the Department of Theatre will come together to present a special dinner theatre performance of The World of Carl Sandburg. All proceeds from the production will go towards creating the Elizabeth Hedges Endowed Scholarship. The show will be directed by Karen King, Professor of Theatre at Panola College, and guest director, Kimberly Hedges Funderburk. Funderburk, daughter of Elizabeth Hedges, is currently the Director of Theatre at Carthage High School. 

The event is open to the public. A link to purchase tickets will be available in the coming weeks.