Performance by Grammy-Nominated Rap Artist Fivio Foreign to Highlight Queens College’s Welcome Day for 1,500 First-Year and Transfer Students

— Visuals Include Confetti Cannon Salute; Annual Large-Scale Event Kicks Off the College’s 85th Anniversary Year —

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WHAT: The college’s annual event to welcome first-year and new transfer​ students. All times are approximate.
10:50 am | Frese Hall: Musicians from the college’s Aaron Copland School of Music and members of the Queens College dance team will walk ahead of President Frank H. Wu and senior college administrators as they lead 1,500 first-year and transfer students in a procession starting at Frese Hall. To symbolize the beginning of their college careers, the students will exit the campus through the main gate onto Kissena Boulevard and proceed north a short distance; they will reenter the campus through the college’s “official” entrance gate and walk toward Alumni Plaza.

11:10 am | Alumni Plaza: Welcome addresses to students by Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Jennifer Jarvis, Wu, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Patricia Price, Chief Diversity Officer/Dean of Diversity Jerima DeWese, and Student Association President Jamal Mark will conclude with a confetti cannon salute.

11:45 am | Quad: Students will hear presentations from college department representatives, enjoy performances by student groups, and participate in a large-scale icebreaker event designed to encourage introductions and facilitate friendships among them.

1 – 2 pm | Quad: Fivio Foreign performance. Brooklyn-born Foreign, featured on “City of Gods,” with Alicia Keys and Kanye West, was nominated for Album of the Year for songs on Donda at the 64th Grammy Awards. He is signed to RichFish Records and Columbia Records.

2 – 3 pm | Quad: A club fair and campus tours will conclude the afternoon.

WHERE: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11367 | Directions | Campus Map

Not open to the public.


About Queens College
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 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 has been cited by Princeton Review as one of America’s Best Value Colleges for four consecutive years, as well as being 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.

Queens College produces more education graduates who become principals, teachers, and counselors for the city’s public schools than any other college in the metropolitan area. The college contributes to the local talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education. Students from across the country and around the world are attracted to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors, and performers who have received over 100 Grammy Awards and nominations. Visit our homepage to learn more​.

Maria Matteo

Media and College Relations