For Wednesday, October 11, 6 – 8 pm
-- At 80th Anniversary Reception, Nonagenarian Kinder to be Honored Alongside Award-Winning Reporter and Alum Juliet Papa – Families Will Join Both Honorees --
A cocktail reception and program commemorating the first day of classes at Queens College on October 11, 1937, with honors for distinguished alumni and a proclamation from the Queens Borough President to mark the day. Nineteen-thirties music selections performed by faculty and alumni from the college’s Aaron Copland School of Music, with costumed students performing thirties-era dances. Event launches a year-long series of 80th anniversary-themed presentations, exhibitions, and performances.
Special Guest: John Kinder, 98-year-old member of the school’s first graduating class who earned his degree in 1941. Kinder will be joined by his daughter, son, and grandchildren as he receives the college’s first and only Queens College 80th Anniversary Award.
Distinguished alumna Juliet Papa, award-winning reporter for 1010 WINS radio, will be recognized with the President’s Medal, the highest administrative honor to be awarded by Queens College
Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez will host the evening, with guest speakers City University of New York Chancellor James B. Milliken; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Alumnus John Kinder; Queens College Foundation Chair Barry A. Bryer; and Alumna Juliet Papa
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Queens, New York
Aaron Copland School of Music Building Atrium
Background: Looking back with pride at 80 years of progress, President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez notes that, “one thing has not changed: the quality of our hardworking students, many of whom are the first in their family to receive a college education.” Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its eighty years of service to the City and State through its outstanding 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 19,000+ students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty.
Our 80th anniversary website highlights the achievements of Queens College and its remarkable alumni, faculty, staff, and students. It also features a video message from President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez that describes our history, and our "80 Wows"—revealing, inspiring, and insightful points that open up the doors of the college to the unique stories about our campus.
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, as well as being ranked a U.S. News and World Report’s Best College and a Forbes magazine Best Value College, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit our homepage to learn more.