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KGI@20 Timeline
1997 presentation

July 10, 1997

W.M. Keck Foundation provides Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) with $50 million founding grant


August 1, 2000

Inaugural class enrolls in Master of Bioscience (MBS) program while KGI moves offices from 1263 N. Dartmouth Ave. to 535 Watson Drive

2002 commencement

May 19, 2002

KGI celebrates first commencement with 28 graduates

2003 hank riggs and shelly

July 15, 2003

Founding president Hank Riggs retires and Sheldon Schuster becomes president

2005 patio dedication

October 15, 2005

Alumni Patio dedication ceremony

2006 commencement

August 14, 2006

PhD in Applied Life Sciences program begins as overall enrollment increases to 68

2007 anniversary

May 12, 2007

KGI celebrates its 10th anniversary

2009 ppm and ppc program

August 17, 2009

Postdoctoral Professional Masters (PPM) program begins with its first cohort

2010 keck foundation

July 1, 2010

KGI succeeds in raising a match of $30 million, solidifying its position as a pioneer in graduate education. The W.M. Keck Foundation awarded KGI with a $20 million challenge grant in 2004 and KGI completed the match one year ahead of schedule.

2010 ppm and ppc program

August 16, 2010

Postbaccalaureate Premedical Certificate (PPC) program starts with its first group of students

2014 biocon

January 6, 2014

KGI partners with Biocon to launch the Biocon Academy's 16-week certificate program

2014 white coat ceremony

August 23, 2014

School of Pharmacy celebrates first White Coat Ceremony

2014 minerva

September 8, 2014

Founding class of the Minerva Schools at KGI begins classes

2016 MEng program

August 15, 2016

Master of Engineering (MEng) program begins as overall enrollment for 2016-2017 increases to 517

2016 ribbon cutting

November 15, 2016

KGI celebrates ribbon cutting of 1 North Indian Hill Blvd. building that includes administrative offices and student collaboration space

2017 kgi cafe

March 20, 2017

KGI celebrates ribbon cutting of the KGI Cafe, a new two-story campus hub in building 517

2017 KGI housing

May 11, 2017

KGI breaks ground on the school's first housing complex, a 419-bed facility that is set to open in August 2018

2017 commencement

May 13, 2017

KGI celebrates 16th annual commencement with 175 graduates

2017 20th anniversary

July 1, 2017

KGI begins year-long celebration of 20th anniversary

Inaugural Class of 2002 in Quotes
I am most proud of being a part of the first graduating class because the faculty and students worked together so well that we laid the foundation for what was to come.
alexander wu
Alexander WuAttorney at Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S.
I gained industry experience from KGI through my internship in project management, which gave me my first start in the industry and first job.
jason moon
Jason MoonSenior Clinical Project Manager at Quintiles
At least two companies were spun off from KGI when we graduated and they incorporated a few of my classmates as founders. That was quite special and lived up to the promise of KGI as an innovation hotbed.
Sud Patwardhan
Sud PatwardhanSenior International Engagement Manager at Nicoventures
KGI provided me with the foundational industry knowledge needed to kick off a successful career in Biotech. I owe my current career path to KGI.
Joshua Seno
Joshua SenoDirector, Market Research & Business Analytics at Receptos, Inc
There were so many networking opportunities at KGI that gave me exposure to the industry. Once I got my foot in the door, I was able to showcase what I do.
mary badelt
Mary BadeltAssociate Principal at Suttons Creek, Inc.
A favorite memory of mine was spending hours together working with fellow classmates during TMPs. It was a good experience and showed me a realistic expectation of what work would be like.
Sandy Auyoung
Sandy AuyoungSenior Patent Agent at Sequenom, Inc.
Headlines in Our Anniversary Year
Harish Dharuri

Alum Harish Dharuri, MBS '02, Develops as a Leader in Bioinformatics

Dharuri was a member of KGI’s Class of 2002, the first to complete the MBS program. Today, he is a bioinformatics scientist at Illumina.

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Elsy rivero

Rivero Discovers KGI Through Clubes de Ciencia México Initiative

Elsy Rivero dreams of starting her own medical device company to help people in her home state of Yucatán, Mexico. Enrolling at KGI this fall is a strong step toward her goal.

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Keck Graduate Institute to Host TEDxKGI Event in February

The theme for TEDxKGI— “Shaping the Future”—coincides with KGI’s 20th Anniversary, and will include live TED talks and videos previously recorded at TED conferences to share with the community.

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KGI@20 Events
Jan 12 2018

13th Annual Keck Graduate Institute Research Retreat

The goal of the retreat is to showcase KGI’s faculty and PhD student research projects.

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Jan 25 2018

Virtual Genetics Visitation Day

Interested students can learn more about the two new Master of Science in Human Genetics programs.

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Feb 02 2018


Listen to inspiring individuals present thought-provoking ideas at KGI's first-ever TEDx event.

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Mar 23 2018

SALS Visitation Day

Learn about our many programs in the School of Applied Life Sciences.

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May 12 2018

KGI 2018 Commencement

Join KGI for its 17th Annual Commencement Ceremony, featuring the first-ever School of Pharmacy graduating class!

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Celebrate on Social Media with #KGI20

Special night for the campus community! Student government hosted #KGI Diwali, the festival of lights 🎉🌏 ... and an amazing celebration full of music and dancing. 🎼 #keckgrad #studentlife #diwali #diwali2017 📸 by: @kgialumni

Friday foundation! #KGI’s first housing building is getting its concrete slab today. 🚧🛠Follow the construction progress 📲➡️ build.kgi.edu #keckgrad #buildkgi #Fall2018

The fall season serves as a stunning backdrop for KGI and the Claremont Village. 💯🍂

For those aspiring to attend physician assistant school, the Postbac Pre-PA Certificate (PPA) program augments your undergraduate degree with graduate-level science courses and clinical hours that will be invaluable to you as a future PA.

In Tue weeks, we kick off our global day of giving with our #GivingTuesday campaign, #GiveTueKGI. You can support our innovators, researchers, pharmacists, leaders, scientists, entrepreneurs, pioneers, and change makers at KGI!

Capitalizing on a professional development opportunity, 22 #KGI students attended the @_AACC Emerging Clinical and Laboratory Diagnostics conference in San Diego earlier this month!

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