At the opening, President Antonio Perez said, "It’s really an exciting day for all of us at the College, now that Fiterman Hall has finally opened. We look back at the events of September 2001, and it’s almost as if we have fast-forwarded, and here we are, August 27, 2012—the building is open, and our students are here, taking their classes and moving on. Really, Fiterman Hall is all about progress. In the evenings, people will be able to see life within this building. They will be able to see students taking advantage of this opportunity. So this is probably, in my perspective, a jewel that will shine forever in downtown Manhattan."