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Rockland Community College Kicks off 60th Anniversary with “Legacy of Change” Walking Tour – October 11th

Rockland Community College Kicks off 60th Anniversary with  “Legacy of Change” Walking Tour – October 11th

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September 27, 2019

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. – To commemorate Rockland Community College’s 60th anniversary, the college will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free guided history tour of the main campus on Friday, October 11 from 1 pm to 3 pm. The historical walking tour, which highlights ‘A Legacy of Change’, will be open to the public through the end of 2020.

“This unique event will highlight the transformative work put into building and maintaining the institution for the past six decades,” says RCC President Dr. Michael Anthony Baston. “We started with an old almshouse and transformed it into an institution that promised to make higher education accessible to all. Not only have we kept that promise, we have expanded and enhanced educational opportunities for Rockland County residents, and we will continue this work for years to come.”

Students of the Foundation-funded RCC Street Team helped to design the banners, timeline, website and decorations for the walking tour. “The work I did on the 60th timeline gave me a chance to learn the history of the school and helped me build my graphic design skills,” said Nikolas Kuryla, an RCC Visual Communications major. “It gave me the hands-on experience of working on a team to create a real-world, large-scale project to build my portfolio.”

The public is welcome to attend the opening ceremony and should gather at the main entrance of Brucker Hall at 145 College Road, Suffern. Refreshments will be served.

The walking tour consists of seven stops, each with an informative banner outlining the history of the specific location, a 14-foot timeline window display in the Cultural Arts building, and vintage View-Masters with photos from the past 60 years at each stop, transporting attendees back through time.

To register for the October 11th event, visit

About Rockland Community College, State University of New York
Rockland Community College offers a safe, supportive learning environment for thousands of students from diverse backgrounds. RCC’s Career Skills Academy is designed to provide work-ready programs for students of any age to get the necessary skills for a new job, or to enhance an existing career. The programs—including automotive technology, IT support, professional bookkeeping, and more—are designed to teach specific skills in a concentrated time frame so students can start a new career, earning a good salary, in less than one year.

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Media Contacts:
Risa B. Hoag, GMGPR, 845-627-3000,
Jessica Stallone, RCC 516-398-8655,