Hi all! 

This week I thought I would share a few finds from our very beginnings. You might have seen one or two of these on our social media in the last few months, that’s because one of my favorite things to come across in the archives has been photos of our first graduating classes.

“Our Merry School at San Fernando Maclay College of Theology”

CST started as MaClay College in the San Fernando Valley in 1885, founded by Charles Maclay as a Methodist school focusing on both ordination and mission work. The first decade of our history was a little rocky and the faculty dwindled down to one by 1891 due to extensive financial setbacks. Despite these difficulties, the college soldiered on and eventually found its second home as the school of religion for USC in 1894 where it remained until the 1957 move to Claremont.

Class of 1888 – Maclay College of Theology

I hope that everyone will enjoy the stern faces of late 19th century photography as much as I do. Do you have photos or stories from your own graduation? We would love to see them!

In peace, 


Undated Class Photo

Graduating Class of Maclay School of Theology and other degrees from US, June 4th 1897