Holiday Gratitude Lunch


SMC's Annual Holiday Gratitude Lunch and Retiree Celebration

Come celebrate the season with your friends and colleagues!


Day time event: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Pavilion

Evening staff event: Friday, December 13

5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Bread Factory


Door Decorating Contest Winner Announced!

Ugly Sweater Contest

See photos from last year's event!​


Ugly Sweater Contest  

Be at the Pavilion at 12:15 p.m. for judging of the Ugly Sweater Contest.

The people with the ugliest holiday sweaters will get a prize and bragging rights!



  • Come to the annual Holiday Gratitude Luncheon sporting your ugliest holiday sweater

  • All contestants will gather for an “Ugly Sweater Fashion Show” and we’ll hold a vote to determine the ugliest sweater in four categories:

    1. Store-bought​ (purchased and worn as-is)

    2. Homemade (handmade sweaters or modified store-bought sweaters)

    3. Funniest

    4. Most Original

** Make sure your holiday sweater is ugly but tasteful (nothing offensive, obscene, or profane)


Holiday Door Decorating Contest

Door Decorating Contest 

2015 Winners: Campus Police!

2016 Winners: Office of Campus and Alumni Relations!

2017 Winners: MIS department!

2018 Winner: Office of Campus and Alumni Relations!

2019: Could be your office!!

Contest winner(s) will be announced at the holiday luncheon.

The winning department will get a prize and bragging rights!


  • Decorate as much of your department as you like. Each department can submit multiple "doors" for judging.

  • Bring items from home to use as decorations - be creative and have fun but don't incur unnecessary expenses.

  • Don't use materials that will damage/alter doors, office walls, or lobby areas (paint, nails/tacks, staples, glue).

  • Door handles MUST remain visible and operational and hallways/breezeways cannot be blocked.

  • Santa Monica College will not be responsible for loss, theft, or damage to office/door decorations.

  • If you're decorating an outside-facing door, please remove your decorations before the holiday break.

  • Departments who wish to be involved in the door decorating contest should have one person in their office email Sandra Franco ( by November 30th, 2019.

  • Judges will visit departments to view the doors on Monday, December 9th between 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Santa Monica Community College District Board of Trustees
Dr. Margaret Quiñones-Perez, Chair; Dr. Nancy Greenstein, Vice Chair; Dr. Susan Aminoff; Dr. Louise Jaffe; Rob Rader; Dr. Sion Roy; Barry A. Snell; Brooke Harrington, Student Trustee; Dr. Katheryn E. Jeffery, Superintendent/President
Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405,