May 8: This Week at Plaza

May 8, 2017

Thursday, May 11: Last Day for Late Registration

Friday, May 12: Last Day for Class Schedule Changes

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Henry Ford

Apply for Spring 2017 School of Legal Studies

May 5, 2017

Are you interested in a career in law? Whether you are entering college for the first time, thinking about changing careers, or transferring from another institution, Plaza College is ready to help find a program that is right for you.

Plaza’s School of Legal Studies will begin offering classes in May, providing graduates with credentials, knowledge, and experience in four degrees:

  • Court Reporting, AOS
  • Court Reporting, Certificate
  • Paralegal, AAS
  • Paralegal, Certificate

With extensive student support services and a prime location near Queens County courthouses, Plaza has everything you need to succeed.

The Spring 2017 semester begins May 3, so read more about the job opportunities and benefits for paralegals and court reporters, and contact us today! Call admissions at 718-505-4188 or send us a message.

May 1: This Week at Plaza

May 1, 2017


Monday, May 1: New Student Orientation – Contact Admission for details.

Wednesday, May 3: Spring 2017 Day and Extended Day Classes Begin!

Thursday, May 11: Last Day for Late Registration

Friday, May 12: Last Day for Class Schedule Changes

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.” – Og Mandino

Details Announced for Graduation 2017

April 30, 2017

Plaza College’s 100th graduation ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 25, beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m. rain or shine. Students walking in the ceremony should arrive at 8:00 a.m. at Queens College’s Kupferburg Center for the Arts wearing a pressed graduation robe. Faculty and staff will line up students to enter the assigned student seating area.

Petitioning to Graduate

If you plan to walk in the graduation ceremony, you need to complete the petition to graduate, which may be found in eCampus under “Campus Tools” and “Student Services.” If you have already filled one out, you do not need to complete it again.

Invitations and Payment

Invitations for students who are eligible to graduate will be mailed in May. Once students receive their invitations, it is essential to RSVP and pay the fee that covers caps, gowns, degree covers, and other items. Students should bring their payment (money order or cash only) to Financial Services.


Students walking in the ceremony do not need a ticket as their seats are reserved. All guests require tickets, and each student participating is guaranteed five (5) tickets. Extra tickets may be requested when students RSVP; however, extra tickets are not guaranteed and are based on available space. Students will be contacted when the tickets are ready for pick up the week before graduation. Students who do not need all of their tickets may return them to Student Services; tickets may not be sold.

Guest Seating

Seating selection for friends and family is on a first come, first served basis. Guests should arrive by 8:30 a.m. to be seated in the auditorium since Queens College security will hold late-comers back when the procession has started. Everyone needs a ticket who attends the ceremony except for graduates who are dressed and will sit in a reserved area.

Caps and Gowns and Class Rings

Representatives from Josten’s will be at the Campus Store to measure for caps and gowns on Tuesday, April 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you have any questions or schedule conflicts, contact Mrs. Callahan in the bookstore or via email at You may also order class rings and accessories through Josten’s on those days. A deposit of $60.00 is required to order these items (cash, credit/debit card, or check).


Photos are taken while graduates are processing and receiving their degree covers as they cross the stage. Students will be contacted by the company via email after graduation for photo orders.

*If you have further questions about graduation, please contact Student Services!

April 24: This Week at Plaza

April 24, 2017


Monday, April 24: ARC Opens for Intersession by Appointment; Late Finals Begin

Tuesday, April 25: ARC Open Late for Intersession

Thursday, April 27: ARC Open Late for Intersession

Friday, April 28: Last day of ARC for Intersession and Late Finals

Wednesday, May 3: Spring 2017 Classes Begin

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.” – Jesse Jackson

College Spring Break Hours

April 20, 2017


Spring break begins on Saturday, April 22, and ends on Tuesday, May 2. However, Plaza College offices will be during the break, and the ARC will be open for intersession by appointment. Check the times below for more details, and if you have questions, call 718-779-1430.

ARC Open for Intersession Work

  • Monday, April 24: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 25: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 26: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 28: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Student Services Open

  • Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Student Services Late Finals Hours

Students will be contacted by Student Services if a late final is left for them by a professor. Any late work other than a final needs to be completed in the ARC.

  • Monday, April 24: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 25: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 26: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 28: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 17: This Week at Plaza

April 17, 2017

Tuesday, April 18: Measurements taken for Graduation Caps and Gowns

Tuesday, April 18: Final Exams – Tuesday evening classes

Wednesday, April 19: Final Exams – Monday/Wednesday classes

Thursday, April 20: Final Exams – Tuesday/Thursday classes and Thursday evening classes

Friday, April 21: Final Exams – Friday classes

Monday, April 24: ARC Opens for Intersession by Appointment; Late Finals Begin

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “You will never regret doing the right thing.” – Spike Lee

Student Writing: Convention Paper by Anthony Ramos

April 12, 2017

On March 30, Anthony Ramos presented an original essay at the 2017 Sigma Tau Delta / Sigma Kappa Delta International Convention in Louisville, KY. His essay spoke about a book that influenced his life, and after reading the essay, he answered questions from audience members around the country. Read his essay below, and stay tuned for more student writing from the convention!

During the early stages of my life, I wasn’t the easiest person to be around. I had a temper and I was a big troublemaker. I came across as the mean, cocky kid parents would warn their children to stay away from. School didn’t mean much to me; I was only attending because my parents gave me no choice. I never took school seriously. School was only a place where I wanted other people to see me as the toughest kid around. I just wanted to have fun. I loved the sight of trouble; it was pure excitement for me. I loved that other people feared me, and I fed off of it. I could never let anyone see a soft side of me; therefore, I had to maintain the reputation that I had worked hard to build up.

This was something that I learned from the streets where I grew up in the Washington Heights area of New York City. There were a lot of drug dealers with whom I became affiliated. They were also gang members. Some were family members of mine while others were just people that I knew. The easy money that they were making inspired me. They had all kinds of women and really nice cars. They were members of the fiercest gangs on the street, and that’s what made me want to become part of their world.

There were certain things that needed to be done in order to be a part of them. If it meant selling drugs, stealing cars, and hurting people, I didn’t mind. I wanted that lifestyle. All I kept envisioning was that one day I would have the same thing that they all had. I became very closed-minded. I was nurtured by the streets and saw this as my only way of living life. That was until I discovered the book The Lies Hustlers Never Tell by Shahida T. Fenell.

Back when I was in middle school, during my English class, we had to read a book that interested us.  I wasn’t excited about reading anything. I would usually just doze off in class, bored out of my mind. However, one day, a girl named Taniqua Tompkins approached me and introduced me to a book that she highly recommended. Again, I wasn’t really interested, but she insisted that I read at least a few pages, so I did.

While reading the first few pages, I was stunned by how interesting this book was. I was amazed by how the book was so similar to my own life. I was just getting into the second chapter when class abruptly ended. I asked Taniqua if she would mind letting me borrow this book until I finished it. She stared me down very hard said, “Yeah, but you better have it back to me the same way I gave it to you, Anthony.” She was one of those tough big girls that you really didn’t want to mess with, so I made sure I took good care of this book because my life depended on it.

I couldn’t stop turning the pages; in fact, I read the entire book in the night. Ace, the protagonist of the book, had everything I thought I wanted. He had the money, the women, the cars and the power. The characters in this book really looked up to him. One of Ace’s friends stood out because he gave Ace the best possible advice in life. Actually, I felt like it was directed towards me. On the very last page, Ace’s friend Hashim said to him, “Man, hustlin’ don’t pay. It’s just a temporary satisfaction. The bonus is jail and the risk, well you know the risk, it ain’t no rules. No one is exempt. People’s lives get lost either by buying your product, or by getting killed by your slip-ups”.

Reading Hashim’s words was the turning point in my life. Those words might seem small, yet they were so big. They revealed the truth behind the life I was choosing to live. I learned that I could ruin my own life or another’s person life. I was uplifted and inspired by those words from this book. They made me think and ask myself several critical questions. Do I really want to do this? Do I really see myself selling drugs and hurting other people? This book made me realize that maybe this lifestyle was not for me. I didn’t want to sell anything that could hurt another person. I didn’t want to be the kid who ended up getting a stray bullet and dying. I didn’t want to spend any time in a prison cell. So, from that point on, I decided that change was necessary, and that I needed to commit to changing.

I felt as if I needed discipline in order to change. So, I joined the school’s basketball team, football team, and even took boxing and mixed martial arts classes. Being on the school’s sports teams required that I stayed up-to-date in my classes; as a result, I began to do much better in school. Everything I did after reading this book taught me responsibility. I even landed a job at the age of fourteen working for a summer youth program. I invested the money that I gained through the summer towards a business venture that I am still working on today.

Then, at the age of 16, I dropped out of high school because I had to help my sister through her battle with breast cancer. When I was 18, I began working for a women’s clothing store, where I am currently the area manager. However, I never lost sight of school. Thankfully, my sister’s health began to improve, and I decided that it was time for me to return to school. I was granted the opportunity to attend Plaza College to earn my GED followed up by my Associate’s degree for Business Administration. I will be graduating this June.

Now, I have the privilege of being a member of Sigma Kappa Delta. However, the road doesn’t stop here. I plan to continue my education and pursue a Master’s degree.  In addition, my sister’s battle with breast cancer has motivated me to create my own charity event for breast cancer awareness. I truly believe in my heart that I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish any of this if it wasn’t for this book.

After reading this book, I experienced a profound change. I realized I could end up dead or in jail. Change didn’t happen overnight, though. I was a boy stuck in a cocoon, but I slowly evolved into a different man. I became someone who was inspired to help others to reach their goals. Ultimately, I became more thoughtful and creative and began to value honesty, love, and family. Now I am able to represent my Plaza College family at this national convention. My journey to Sigma Kappa Delta and to recreation began the moment I finished the book The Lies Hustlers Never Tell.

April 10: This Week at Plaza

April 10, 2017


Tuesday, April 11: Study Day – No Day Classes; Open Lab in Room 201 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; extended day classes meet as regularly scheduled

Friday, April 14: No classes

Saturday, April 15: Final Exams – Saturday classes

Tuesday, April 18: Final Exams – Tuesday evening classes

Wednesday, April 19: Final Exams – Monday/Wednesday classes

Thursday, April 20: Final Exams – Tuesday/Thursday classes and Thursday evening classes

Friday, April 21: Final Exams – Friday classes

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin

Student Review: Jitney

April 7, 2017

In March, Professor Butchy’s Modern Drama classes attended the Broadway play Jitney by award-winning playwright August Wilson. Students Dajah McDonald and Sharon Wilson share their reviews of the play below.

Sharon Wilson: Music, lights, and action! As the music stopped and the lights dimmed, the stage unfolded with the life of a cab service company and its workers.

Dajah McDonald: Jitney was an amazing play from beginning to end. I liked the parts when Booster (played by Brandon J. Dirden) and Becker (played by John Douglas Thompson) talked about their relationship as father and son, and the whole situation with Booster and why his father Becker has a lot of resentment towards him. My favorite character in the play was Turnbo, played by Michael Potts. He was the comic relief in such a serious play. He is an excellent actor. His facial expressions just make what he says even funnier.

Sharon Wilson: Potts is a graduate from Yale School of Drama. He's an acclaimed actor with roles in The Wire, True Detective, Gotham, and Nurse Jackie. He gave a riveting performance in Jitney. He's colorful, funny, witty, nosey, and gave excitement to the play. The way he spoke and his comedic gestures were amazing. He had a few serious lines in the play, also. When he spoke about the younger generation having no respect for their parents, the elderly, and even themselves, he wasn't lying about that.

Dajah McDonald: Another character in the play that I loved is Doub, played by Keith Randolph Smith. He was also funny. I feel he was the middle man in situations. He tried to make things better, giving advice on how to save the cab service.

Sharon Wilson: The architecture of the cab service and the structure of the inside were also well done. Scenic designer David Gallo did an awesome job with the stage design. The building was so tall and leaned a little with broken windows; some windows had no curtains and some were boarded up, showing real life of the 1970s. I especially liked the arch over the windows and door. It looked old but strong.

Dajah McDonald: Another thing I loved about the play was the lighting by Jane Cox. There was a part in the play when it looked like morning, and Youngblood (played by Andre Holland) was looking out the window, and this yellow-orange tint of light hit him through the window. That ray of light shining was so pretty. Also, the little breaks in between scenes had dramatic purple and bluish lighting. The jazz music by Bill Sims Jr. was also amazing and really went hand in hand with the play.

Sharon Wilson: This play is touching, it’s funny, and its true to life stories will make you think twice about decisions you make. And it ends with a bang.

Dajah McDonald: “Car service” were the last words said in the play. Without giving away the ending, those words made me feel emotional, but in a happy way because of the way the actor performed it. He said those words with so much pride and hope. Jitney was amazing. You’ll laugh, cry, and get angry. I would give this play a ten.

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