October 11, 2017 (Queens, NY) – Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez tonight, on the 80th anniversary of the first day of classes at Queens College, honored 98 year-old alumnus John Kinder, a member of the school’s inaugural class, and award-winning reporter Juliet Papa at a reception commemorating the anniversary that was held at the Aaron Copland School of Music building. City University of New York Chancellor James B. Milliken and Queens College Foundation Chair Barry A. Bryer joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, who issued a proclamation declaring October 11 “Queens College Day” in the borough. The reception launched a year-long series of special events, exhibitions, and performances celebrating Queens College’s 80th anniversary.
“Queens College has been an amazing anchor to the people of this great borough,” Katz remarked before reading the proclamation.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also issued a state proclamation for the event noting the rich heritage of the school, its academic successes, and its impact on the city and state. Mayor de Blasio sent a congratulatory letter praising the College for its mission and accomplishments.
“In 1937, Queens College opened to an amazing pool of talented, energetic, young students who helped transform the City of New York,” said Milliken. “What Queens stood for in 1937 is what it stands for today: optimism, vision, and a passion to succeed. I am delighted to know that Queens College will be strong for another 80 years.”
“Queens College is an established, top performing educational institution, and the reason why people come here now goes so beyond value, it is for its achievement,” said Bryer.
After receiving the President’s Medal, the highest administrative honor awarded by Queens College, Papa noted, “I am truly grateful for this, this is where it all started for me. Queens College was a great launching pad for me, and the CUNY experience has meant the world to me as well.”
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.
The 80th anniversary year website highlights the achievements of Queens College and its remarkable alumni, faculty, staff, and students. It also features a video message from President 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.