For Thursday, August 24, at 9 am
-- Annual Welcome Day Event Ushers in the College’s
Year-Long 80th Anniversary Celebration --
The college’s annual event to welcome freshmen and new transfer students. Musicians from the Aaron Copland School of Music and members of the college’s dance team accompanied by professional stilt walkers will lead senior college administrators and over 1,800 freshmen and new transfer students in a symbolic procession through the college’s main gate on Kissena Boulevard to begin their college careers (10 am). Student performers will be dressed in red QC 80th anniversary T-shirts—which will also be distributed to all new students—and playing up-tempo music. The college, established in 1937, will celebrate its 80th anniversary this fall with special events planned throughout the academic year.
A welcome address to students by President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez is planned (10:30 am) and a confetti cannon salute (10:40 am); the large-scale interactive game “Playfair,” designed to break the ice and encourage friendships among the students (11 am); and club recruitment and a lunchtime musical performance by R&B/hip-hop artist PnB Rock (12:30 pm). All times are estimates. Not open to the public.
Background: Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its nearly 19,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year in the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, and also ranked a U.S. News and World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Learn more at www.qc.cuny.edu<http://www.qc.cuny.edu/.