Campanile Turns Blue for World Autism Awareness Day

Cypress College campanile

Cypress College campanile
The iconic Cypress College campanile, awash in blue, on April 1, 2013. The color change was done to highlight Autism Awareness Month.

Cypress College is lighting its iconic campanile blue for the second year to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and Autism Awareness Month. The event is a collaborative effort between the College’s Disabled Students Program and Services and the same program at its sister institution, the School of Continuing Education. The campanile is located in the college Gateway entrance and is visible from off campus as well.

The “Light It Up Blue” campaign is a worldwide effort by to raise awareness about autism by the advocacy group Autism Speaks. In 2013, more than 8,000 buildings and landmarks in over 90 countries on seven continents turned their lights blue in commemoration of World Autism Awareness. World Autism Awareness Day, celebrated on April 2 annually, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis.

The campanile is lit year round with white lights, except for part of December, when the arms are red and green, and during the commencement ceremony it is awash in school colors: blue and gold.

The video below was produced from a PowerPoint presentation created by SCE’s DSPS manager Denise Simpson.