Queens College, CUNY - 75th Anniversary

75 Years Forward

Queens College View Books

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Celebrating 75 Years of Queens College Queens College is old enough that generations of our graduates have influenced our city, our nation, and our world, and yet it is young enough that members of our earliest classes still return to campus each year to take part in the college's Commencement and Homecoming celebrations. high" (our ideals, of course, are still high). But one thing our alumni note has not changed: the quality of our hardworking students, many of whom are the first in their family to receive a college education. And when these early graduates return to campus, they remark on how much things have changed: the great diversity of the student body, computers and smartphones everywhere, a beautiful new library and clock tower, and a 13-floor building that flies in the face of Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia's advice to our students on Dedication Day 75 years ago: "Keep your buildings low and your ideals Queens College was founded on the vision of people like Mayor LaGuardia, Judge Charles Colden, who lobbied for a public college in the borough, and the college's first president, Paul Klapper, who noted on the first day of classes on October 11, 1937, that "We are the pioneers of a new institution. We have no history to look back to, but we can look forward to progress." And what progress the college has made! Every year we are featured in the Princeton Review's The Best Colleges 2

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