80th Anniversary

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.

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 80 years ago: “Keep your buildings low and your ideals high.” Our ideals, of course, are still high. But 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.