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Watch Video: BMCC graduates thank college and family for support  
BMCC graduates reflect on the parent, professor, counselor and others who helped them earn their degrees.


BMCC celebrates 53rd Commencement!
On June 1, Associate degrees were conferred to about 4,000 BMCC graduates, who crossed the stage at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Valedictorians​ were Accounting major Goumattie Sukraj and Economics major Aleksandra Artyfikiewicz. The 2018 Presidential Medalists were two esteemed and long-time friends of BMCC; real estate and development leader Steven Fiterman, and Bank of America CEO Tim Tynan. Watch the video to hear from graduates and their families as they celebrate.


ASAP Celebrates Hard-Working Graduates 
The BMCC Accelerated Study in Associate Programs​ (ASAP) held two graduation celebrations on May 31 in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street. "These events heralded the academic accomplishments of ASAP students who completed the program," said Deanne Southwell, ASAP Executive Director at BMCC. "While 223 students attended the celebrations—graduates from Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018—over 1,000 students are projected to graduate from ASAP altogether. In addition to academic and financial supports, we provide a curriculum that includes professional and personal development activities. We're very proud of our hard-working and ambitious graduates."


Get ahead and spend Summer @BMCC 
Learn about programs, resources and activities offered at BMCC during the summer, including the Summer Immersion Program, BMCC Summer Start, Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, the Summer Finish Line Tuition Waiver Program and more.


BMCC Appreciation Awards: Tomorrow, June 8 
The BMCC community is invited to the BMCC Employee Appreciation Awards reception. The nominations are in and the winners will be announced on June 8. Enjoy pre-ceremony refreshments starting at 11:30 am on the 13th floor terrace, Fiterman Hall. The Employee Appreciation Awards will be presented in Room 1306/07 to full- and part-time staff members, who were nominated in appreciation of their dedication to the College and outstanding contributions.


Civil Service Employees Recognition Luncheon: June 11 
Space is limited, so please RSVP now to Maria Deckinger,, for the Civil Service Employee Luncheon set for June 11 at 12:00 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace at 199 Chambers Street. Civil Service Classified staff will be honored for years served at the college. These include 35-YEAR HONOREE Russell Halloran; 30-YEAR HONOREES Edward Alvarez, Paul Giaccone, Ingrid Hamer, Leonard Lee, and Reina Planas; 25-YEAR HONOREES Ivonne Devers, Elmasrie Elshiekh, Colin Nixon, Mark Rodney, Andres Vargas and 20-YEAR HONOREES Jesus Ayala, Mohammad Chowdhury, Brian Halsey, Brenda Jones, Olivia Lingister, Evelyn Lopardo, Angel Lopez, Patsy Massey, Robert Morel, and Kin Ying Kong.

Assistance With IDs 
For assistance with BMCC student and staff IDs, please visit the Help Desk in Room S-141 at 199 Chambers Street or call (212) 220-8379, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students and staff can also send an email to Please note, student and staff needing a replacement ID must first visit Campus Safety, Room F-1010 in Fiterman Hall, to obtain a replacement form, and then make their payment at the Office of the Bursar, Room S-330 at 199 Chambers Street, before the Help Desk can reprint their ID.    

BMCC E-Learning Workshops for June 
BMCC faculty and staff are invited to attend workshops and one-on-one E-learning and Blackboard consultations through the BMCC E-Learning Center. For more information and to register online, click here.   

WSJ Free Access to The Wall Street Journal
CUNY Libraries have joined The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) to provide students, faculty and staff with access to career advice and news relevant to the classroom. Subscribers can also follow companies and industries, politics, arts and culture. Complimentary WSJ​ memberships can be activated HERE.
Public Safety Office of Public Safety Offers Resources and Services
The Office of Public Safety provides services and resources to ensure a safe, secure and comfortable learning environment at BMCC. Public Safety provides free C.P.R., A.E.D. and First Aid and Campus-Community Emergency Response Training for faculty, staff and students. Staff are also trained as campus fire wardens. Watch the video, Run. Hide. Fight.® to learn about surviving an active shooter event. To report a crime or emergency, call Public Safety at (212) 220-8080 or 911. Blue call boxes are located throughout the campus.

Guidelines for Posters and Flyers on Campus 
The Office of Public Affairs consults with BMCC departments, offices, faculty and staff to promote events and activities in an effective manner, reaching audiences on multiple platforms. Learn how to use college resources including the @BMCC e-newsletter, TV monitors, BMCC calendar and social media.  

Financial Aid

Admissions and Financial Aid Info Sessions 
To better support prospective students, the college is offering combined Admissions and Financial Aid information sessions that provide an overview of BMCC, explain the admissions and financial aid process, and include a Q&A with admissions and financial aid specialists. For more information, contact the Admissions Office.    

Admissions Summer 2018 Open House: June 23
Do you have family or a friend who is interested in going to college? Invite them to the BMCC Admissions Open House on Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street, Theater 2, to learn about academic programs, financial aid options, student services, success programs and how/when to apply. RSVP here. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (212) 220-1265.

Advisement and Registration for New Students: Every Tuesday and Wednesday
Advising staff and faculty are excited to welcome new BMCC students and help ensure their successful enrollment for Fall 2018, every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 199 Chambers Street; Advisement in Room S-108 and Registration in Room S-114. For more information, contact the Advisement Center at (212) 220-8315 or check social media @BMCC_CUNY; #BMCCFinishFaster

Making Headlines

BMCC alumna Lara B. Sharp argues for policy reforms relating to foster children
June 5—Teen Vogue

BMCC Professor Gerald Schoenewolf analyzes the rise in mass killings
June 1—Psychoanalysis Now

President Antonio Pérez steps down after 23 years
May 31—Morningstar, Investors Hangout, Digital Producer, Globe Newswire, Public Radio Marketplace

BMCC efforts to combat food insecurity highlighted
May 26—Community College Week

Human Resources
EAP Deer Oaks EAP Provides Health, Family and Financial Resources
The free Deer Oaks Employee Assistance Program is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. BMCC employees, their dependents and household members are eligible to access services such as family counseling, wellness support, workforce guidance and many other resources. Contact Deer Oaks EAP Services at (855) 492-3633, or
coffee Coffee Hour Q&A Sessions for HEO and College Assistant Staff
Bring your coffee and HEO- or College Assistant-related questions to meet with a Human Resources​ representative in Room S-719 at 199 Chambers Street. Submit questions to Lori Mazzola,, by 12 p.m., the Monday before the session, or bring them that day. HEOs: CLICK HERE to select a 2-4 p.m. session on June 18. College Assistants: CLICK HERE to select a 2-4 p.m. session on June 27 or July 25
TIAA RSVP Now to Meet with TIAA Consultant
Are you saving enough for retirement? To discuss this and other questions, meet with a TIAA financial consultant June 21, July 10, July 26, August 8, August 21 or September 12. Space is limited, so RSVP online or call (800) 732-8353 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Payroll Distribution Moves to Room N-466 
Renovation of the BMCC Office of the Bursar could last through early August. The Faculty/Staff payroll will be distributed at 199 Chambers Street in Room N-466 until the renovation is completed. 

Health Benefits Seminars: Transitioning to Retirement
Employees transitioning to retirement, as well as those remaining active are encouraged to sign up for seminars with the City of New York Office of Labor Relations (OLR) Health Benefits Program at 40 Rector Street, 3rd Floor, in lower Manhattan. You can also watch a brief, Part One and Part Two video series on how health insurance changes for retirees.

Alumni and Donors

Alumni Gather for 50th Milestone Reception and 53rd Commencement
On June 1, BMCC held an Alumni Reunion to honor the classes of the 1960s, in partnership with the 53rd Commencement Ceremony. Over 35 alumni from the classes of 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969 attended along with their families. The Alumni Reunion took place at The Stewart Hotel, where alumni enjoyed a luncheon with their former classmates. Afterwards, they made their way over to Madison Square Garden to march in gold robes in the afternoon commencement ceremony, and receive recognition from the President during his remarks. The purpose of the event was to honor those first BMCC graduates which sparked the “Start here. Go Anywhere.” spirit of the college.  For more information about Alumni Reunions at BMCC, please email Yaritza Gonzalez at  


Learning Academy Info Session (16+ Credits by Fall 2018)
June 11


Math Start Info Session 
June 12


Insights and Innovation: Artist Panel Discussion  
June 13


BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Listings


Center for Career Development Events


Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Events


Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development Events


Panther Pride
Fitness Center

Stay in Shape! Visit the Free BMCC Fitness Center 
Current BMCC students, faculty and staff with ID are welcome to use the free BMCC Fitness Center, which offers free weights, strength and resistance equipment, and cardiovascular equipment. Call for summer hours: (212) 220-8260.

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