The University of LaVerne celebrated the opening of its new Bakersfield campus on Thursday.
The university held an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 13,500-square-foot campus, located at 10800 Stockdale Highway. The university built the new campus after running out of room due to growth at its original Bakersfield campus, located at 1201 24th St.
Mayor Karen Goh oversaw the ribbon-cutting ceremony. City Councilman Andrae Gonzales also attended the event, as well as Jay Tamsi, president of the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Besides the ribbon-cutting, the event also included tours of the new campus.
With a larger campus, the university has created new programs for the fall semester, including three bachelor’s degree programs in psychology, information technology and criminal justice, as well as a master’s degree program in school psychology.