The music blared while laughter and conversation filled the air as students, faculty and staff made their way to the Quad to take part in the historic 75th Anniversary photo that would forever mark the day that Queens College celebrated a milestone.
On Oct. 11, the anniversary of the day classes began in 1937, a series of events took place to commemorate QC’s 75th anniversary.
The festivities began at 9 a.m., where the entire QC community was invited to sing “Happy Birthday” to the institution, while accompanied by the Percussion Ensemble from the Aaron Copland School of Music.
The Quad was also the site of the next event — the formation and picture of the number 75, comprised entirely of students. Free T-shirts were given out to participants who were encouraged — through promotional — e-mails to “reserve their spot in Queens College history.” Showcasing their school spirit, many students took advantage of this opportunity.
“I love this school,” said Christina Cartro, a student pursuing a master’s degree in accounting. “It’s the best place to study, so I’m representing.”
Reinalda Medina, assistant vice president of client and administrative services, saw the photo shoot as a great bonding experience and a reflective moment.
“This is a great family building event that brings the QC community together and reminds us of what we’re so proud of,” she said.
Various aerial photos were taken, some of which will be featured on the QC website, amongst other places, according to an announcement made during the event.
The convocation was held in the LeFrak Concert Hall and began with an academic and faculty procession, consisting of musical performances by current QC students as well as short speeches by faculty.
Saul B. Cohen, the college’s sixth president, was amongst the attendees. He reminisced about his time as president and remarked on the progress made since then.
“I feel a deep glow of pride when I read or hear of Queens College successes — past or present,” he said. “Queens is an institution that clearly lives up to its’ motto: discimus ut serviamus — we learn so that we may serve.”
Toward the end of the convocation, President James Muyskens delivered the state of the college address and QC alum Dennis C. Liotta — graduating class of 1970 — was presented with an honorary doctor of science degree.
The annual homecoming celebrations were also held on Oct. 14.
QC’s 75th anniversary will be a yearlong celebration that will include lectures, exhibits, readings and various other performances. Special appearances include Jerry Seinfeld, who performed on Oct. 18, Edward Albee, who will be here on Oct. 30 and Bill Cosby, who will be at QC on April 6, 2013.
More information on upcoming 75th anniversary events can be found on the college website.