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Queens College Celebrates 70th Anniversary of First Day of Classes


Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services

(718) 997-5597

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593


--14 Members of First Class Return to Share Recollections With Current Students --


Ceremony to honor the 70th anniversary of first day of class at Queens College.Members of the class of 1941 – most of them octogenarians – will reminisce about their earliest days at Queens College, when an apple orchard grew on campus and bars hadn’t yet been removed from classroom windows (the site was a reformatory for boys). A booklet of their reflections will be distributed to those who attend. Two of the alumni live in Manhattan but have not seen each other in 42 years.

WHERE: Tent behind Jefferson Hall near WWII Veterans Memorial Plaza at Queens College,
65-40 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.
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WHO: Queens College President James Muyskens
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall
New York State Assemblywoman Ellen Young
New York City Councilman David Weprin
Queens College Student Association President Mahendra Singh
Arnold Franco, class of ’43, the principal funder of the QC WWII Veterans Memorial


Founded with the blessing of New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, Queens College opened its doors on October 11, 1937 as “the people’s college on the hill.” The first public college in the borough, it charged no tuition; many of the 197 students in that initial graduating class were first and second-generation immigrants who never could have afforded a college education otherwise. Today over 18,000 students from 140 countries are enrolled. “The faces of our students reflect the changing demographics of Queens and New York City,” says Queens College President James Muyskens, “but they possess the same talent, passion and dedication as our first graduates.”


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Deputy Director of News Services
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(718) 997- 5597

Maria Matteo
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Queens Hall, Room 270B
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