Granger Clock Tower dedicated
By Alejandro Gonzales
The sun was pouring over LCC campus as the dedication of the Granger Clock Tower was celebrated Wednesday, Sept. 19.
LCC’s president, Dr. Brent Knight, led a ribbon-cutting event across from the Arts and Sciences building. About 50 people attended, including representatives of Granger Construction and the LCC administration.
The construction of the tower, which was completed in 2017, was funded by Granger Construction CEO Glenn Granger and his wife Trish. The purpose was to honor Glenn’s parents, Alton and Janice, as well as to support higher education.
Knight was the main speaker during the half-hour ceremony.
“Granger Tower will be an icon, a music box, a reminder of the strength of this college and community, a cherished landmark,” Knight said.
Knight explained that the clock tower will chime every hour, along with playing seasonal melodies, depending on the time of year. During the ceremony this was demonstrated when the “Star-Spangled Banner” was played for the audience.
The clock face can change colors, Knight said, but will remain white most of the time. It could turn green or red at Christmas time, or blue during commencement.
The location where the structure was built formerly housed a ventilation shaft for the welding program. It was Knight’s dream to convert the defunct structure into a clock tower.
“Dr. Knight had a great vision,” Glenn Granger said immediately after the ceremony. “We were able to participate; it made it exciting for us. It really is a testimony to the great things my folks have been able to do over the years (with) education and otherwise.”
Knight said the clock tower is a symbol of student success.
“Often, our students have much to overcome to attend college; almost all work so they can,” Knight said. “Our students choose to overcome and chase their dreams at LCC.”
Cider and gourmet popcorn were served before and after the event to the attendees.