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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
headline ground breaking

KGI Breaks Ground on First-Ever Housing Complex

Marking the start of the shift to a residential campus, Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for its first-ever housing complex on the evening of May 11.

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headline ppc graduates

PPC Graduates Take the Next Step Toward Becoming Doctors

Five years ago, the first sizeable group of students completed the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Certificate (PPC) program at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI).

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headline feed homeless

School of Pharmacy Students Start Community Outreach to Help Homeless

A group of 90 student volunteers from the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) School of Pharmacy contributed and packed 800 kits to benefit the homeless population in the local area.

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KGI@20 Events
Aug 14 2017

School of Pharmacy Orientation

Orientation will detail policies, procedures, and expectations for new students as they embark on their four-year journey at KGI.

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Aug 16 2017

School of Applied Life Sciences Orientation

New students will be introduced to the school’s culture and learn about the many campus resources KGI has to offer.

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Aug 19 2017

White Coat Ceremony

KGI School of Pharmacy will hold its fourth annual White Coat Ceremony honoring the incoming class of 2021 on Saturday August 19, 2017 starting at 3 p.m.

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Oct 04 2017

VISION Leadership Workshop

University College London in collaboration with Keck Graduate Institute is announcing its 2017 Vision Leadership Course tailored for present and future leaders in the bioindustries.

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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

For those aspiring to attend medical school, the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Certificate (PPC) program augments your undergraduate degree with graduate-level science courses and advanced business studies that will be invaluable to you as a future physician.

Seeking a career in biopharmaceutical processing or biomanufacturing? Earn an MEng in Biopharmaceutical Processing.

View hourly images of the housing construction progress at build.kgi.edu! 🚧🎥

The four-story, 225,000 square-foot complex with 419 beds will open in Fall 2018. ⏰

Diana Rodriguez of the #KGI admissions staff met with prospective students last week in Mexicali and Ensenada! 🇲🇽She visited 6 universities, including: Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, @cetysmexicali, @cetysens, Universidad Xochicalco, and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Thanks to @clubesdecienciamex for your continued partnership! 🔬📸

A group of 17 students from #KGI participated in a 10-day @globalbrigades trip to Honduras in late May. ✈️ KGI’s Medical Brigade Club spearheaded the trip and the group of students included individuals from the PPC, MEng, and MS programs. Through the 2016-2017 academic year, the club fundraised and gathered supplies for the trip. 🇭🇳 Full story linked in our bio!

“BPAT courses are one component of KGI's many programs that are intended to create network and collaboration between our students and industry.” - Professor Parviz Shamlou
Full story link posted in our bio! 🔬

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