June 4: This Week at Plaza

June 4, 2018

Monday, June 4: English Workshop 5:00-5:55 in Room 204

Tuesday, June 5: English Workshop 11:40-12:35 in Room 204

Wednesday, June 6: Dental Hygiene Society’s Food Fest

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time.” – Thomas Edison

Career Services Welcomes DOJ Recruiters

June 1, 2018

On May 19, the US Department of Justice/BOP visited Plaza College to discuss entry-level opportunities for all majors. Officers answered students’ questions about working for the federal government and provided insight on positions such as human resources assistant, dental hygienist, and medical assistant.  Approximately 45 Plaza College students signed up to receive additional information and discussed careers with the recruiters.

For positions within New York City Government, visit www.nyc.gov.  For federal government opportunities, students should start an account on www.usajobs.gov.

Graduation 2018 Set for June 24

May 30, 2018

Plaza College’s 101st graduation ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 24, beginning promptly at 8:00 a.m. rain or shine. Students walking in the ceremony should arrive at 7:45 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.

If you have questions about graduation, please contact Student Services at 718-505-7179. Only Student Services is able to answer questions about graduation.

Petitioning to Graduate

If you plan to walk in the graduation ceremony, you need to complete the petition to graduate. Visit oncampus.plazacollege.edu, scroll down, and fill out the petition to graduate under Academic Resources. 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 were mailed last week for students whose petitions were received and approved by May 18. 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. Tickets are held by the Kupferberg Center for security reasons until that time. Students who do not need all of their tickets may return them to Student Services; tickets may not be sold.

*Once students pick up tickets, they must be given to their guests. Students should not hold on to them. Guests will not be allowed to enter without a ticket!*

Guest Seating

Seating selection for friends and family is on a first come, first served basis. Guests should arrive by 8:00 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.


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.

May 28: This Week at Plaza

May 28, 2018

Monday, May 28: No classes – Happy Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 29: English Workshop 5:00-5:55 in Room 204

Wednesday, May 30: Dental Hygiene Society Multicultural Bake Sale on the Commons

Thursday, May 31: English Workshop 11:40-12:35 in Room 204

Thursday, May 31: Career Services Workshop on Professional Branding at 11:45 a.m. 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis of Assisi

Find an Open Lab or Visit the ARC!

May 26, 2018

Open labs have begun for the semester, offering a place to work with a staff or student assistant throughout the day. Please check the schedule below for rooms and times! 


  • 10:05-11:35 Room 209
  • 11:40-1:10 ARC
  • 1:15-2:45 Room 211
  • 2:50-4:20 Room 201
  • 5:00-6:00 Room 209


  • 10:05-11:35 ARC
  • 11:40-12:40 Room 202
  • 12:40-2:10 ARC
  • 2:15-3:45 Room 202
  • 5:00-6:00 Room 207


  • 12:30-3:30 Room 201

In addition, the ARC is now open for tutoring and individual work. If you need assistance with any classwork, a computer, or a place to study, please visit the ARC next to the library. The ARC has tutors available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in a variety of subjects. (Friday the ARC is closed from 4-4:30 p.m.)

To make an appointment with a tutor in advance, stop by the ARC, call 718-779-1430, ext. 3354, or visit the ARC website and click on Tutoring – Schedule an Appointment. The ARC also offers weekly writing and math workshops.

Plaza Grad Featured in Journal of Court Reporting

May 24, 2018

Plaza graduate Gabriella Agnello was recently featured in the Journal of Court Reporting! Read her success story here.

Dental Students Honored in White Coat Ceremony

May 23, 2018

On May 4, Plaza College’s School of Dental Sciences held its inaugural White Coat Ceremony honoring the Dental Hygiene Class of 2019. The ceremony celebrates Plaza’s Dental Hygiene student’s completion of preclinical training and their transition into clinical patient care.

A gathering of about 150 guests, including students, family members, friends, faculty, and administrators from the Office of the President were invited to participate in the ceremony. Loved ones assisted the students in donning their dental hygiene student practitioner’s white coat for the first time. It was an emotional event with tears of joy, hugs, and laughter.

Director of the Dental Hygiene program Dr. Laura Sleeper says, “the white coat is symbolic not of status but of privilege and responsibility.” In her address to the attendees, Sleeper reminded students that putting on the coat represents a serious obligation to their future patients, uncompromising standards and ethics in their practice, and a dedicated commitment to the dental hygiene profession.

Students in the program are now offering dental services in the Plaza College Community Dental Clinic, which is open to the public. Appointments can be made by calling (718) 779-1742, and Plaza students and staff can sign up in the Commons using the appointments sign-up sheet located outside of the Student Life office.


May 21: This Week at Plaza

May 21, 2018

Monday, May 21: English Workshop 5:00-5:55 in Room 204

Tuesday, May 22: Ice Cream and Popcorn Social on the Commons at Noon

Tuesday, May 22: English Workshop 11:40-12:35 in Room 204

Tuesday, May 22: Math Workshop 11:40-12:35 and 5:00-5:55 in Room 203

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Student of the Month: Sahida Nasim

May 19, 2018

Congratulations to Student of the Month Sahida Nasim! This dental hygiene major was selected by faculty and administration for her academic success and inspirational outlook. Dr. Margaret Garland endorsed her for the honor saying, “She is the perfect Plaza College student: cheerful, eager to learn/participate in class, and respectful of her fellow students.”

Nasim’s journey to Plaza was not easy: “I have had many challenging obstacles that I had to overcome to be where I am at today. There was a point in my college life where I had almost given up due to the amount of rejections that I received from programs. I felt the heavy clouds of rain on my shoulders. I felt like I couldn’t move forward in my life. My pillow would be drenched in tears every single night. I wanted to belong somewhere, but no one would accept me.”

She continues, “Through this difficult time, my grandmother was one of my inspirations who taught me to have patience and faith. She taught me that I can conquer anything if I believe in myself.  Her words motivated me to move forward. After almost two years of searching, I finally found my home at Plaza College. The world of dental hygiene has overcome my life, and I’m utmost thankful. Unfortunately, my grandmother passed away before she could see any of my accomplishments, but I know it was her blessing that got me where I am at today. If I didn’t have her wisdom, I don’t think I would be here. I’m very thankful I was rejected from those programs, for I would not have found this amazing platform. Rejection can be very tough to overcome, but it is a way one learns to challenge one’s ability through the wisdom of others. I learned that wisdom from my grandmother, and I will keep it forever.”

At Plaza, she has demonstrated her commitment to success in all her classes the past two semesters. Dean Jonathan Howle explains, “Teaching Sahida is a tremendous privilege and joy. She reminds professors why they love teaching. In every way she is the ‘dream student,’ and her academic success is matched only by her generosity and kindness.”

Nasim also inspires her fellow students to succeed. “Sahida is generous and kind, helpful to her fellow students and professor alike,” says Dr. Laura Sleeper. “We love her enthusiasm and positivity. It is contagious!”

What is the key to her success? According to Nasim, “In order to succeed at Plaza College, motivation, integrity, and professionalism are very important. Having these three essential qualities will heighten one’s success in school and in future career paths.”

Plaza Joins the AIDS Walk Sunday

May 17, 2018

The New York City AIDS Walk is this Sunday, May 20, in Central Park. Join the Plaza College team at 8:30 a.m. sharp if you want to walk or volunteer! We will meet in front of Starbucks at 1380 Ave. of the Americas (At 6th Ave and 56th St.) just off the F train in Manhattan. The walk will be over by 12:45 p.m.

If you plan to walk, follow this link to register online!

If you are not able to join us on Sunday but want to support the Plaza team and this great cause, you can also donate here! Every donation helps.

If you have any questions, please contact Dean Howle or visit the Student Life office.


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