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Completion Day #CompletionWeekPride October 7 - 8

Community colleges throughout the City University of New York and (CUNY) and the State University of New York (SUNY) have a simple message: Students who complete an associate degree have better prospects for jobs, scholarships and transfer to four-year schools.

Join us for our Completion Week events and get a chance to win an ipad mini!

Completion Week #CompletionWeekPride

Start Date: October 07 2014 - 11:00 AM

End Date: October 10 2014 - 12:00 PM

Figure crossing finish line

October 7

Completion Week Celebration

Location: Humanities Quad

Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Free "#CompletionWeekPride" t-shirts and popcorn will be given out to all students! Students are encouraged to participate in the “selfie” challenge where they take a photo of themselves in the t-shirt and post to their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts using the hashtag “#CompletionWeekPride.” A participant will be chosen at random and will receive an ipad mini! Students can increase their odds of winning by posting to all three social media accounts!

October 8

Completion Day Assembly

Location: Medical Arts Building, Room 136

Time: 12:10pm - 1:00pm

Meet with four Queensborough alumni and learn about their experiences at the college, the paths they have taken since graduating and the importance of earning their associate degree before transferring to a four-year institution.  Refreshments will be served.  Students: the "selfie" challenge continues throughout the day. Be sure to take a great shot and post to social media!

October 9

The "selfie" challenge is still on!  Students are encouraged to wear their "#CompletionWeekPride" t-shirt, take a selfie and submit it to their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for three chances to win. Posts to social media are eligible to win the ipad mini until 11:59pm on October 9.

October 10

The winner of the "selfie" challenge will be announced at noon.  Students should engage with Queensborough's Facebook page, Twitter feed and the digital signage on campus to discover the winner of the ipad mini!

And the winner is...

Congratulations to Hardeep Signh, winner of the #CompletionWeekPride selfie challenge! Enjoy your ipad mini! Thanks to you, and to all students who participated, for your commitment to complete!

Selfie contest winner Hardeep Singh with with Michael Conigliaro, President of the Queensborough Alumni Association

Contact Name: Gisela Rivera, Reynald Pierre-Charles

Contact Email:,

Pledge for Completion

I am a CUNY Queensborough Community College student and I am committed to completing my Associate’s Degree/Certificate Program.

I will also seek out advisement on course selection, career planning, and support services that will help me reach my goal.

*First Name: 
*Last Name: 
*Email Address: 
*Empl/Student ID: 
Phone number: 

Why community colleges?

  • About half of all undergraduate students in the country attend community colleges.
  • Nearly one million "middle-skill" job openings – positions that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree – are projected for New York State by 2018.

Why complete?

  • Students who complete an associate degree can expect to earn $400,000 more in a lifetime than a high school graduate.
  • Unemployment for community college graduates is typically 30 percent lower than for high school grads. 
  • New York residents who transfer directly from a SUNY or CUNY two-year college with an associate degree are guaranteed entry to a four-year SUNY college.
  • The nation needs more college graduates to stay competitive. The United States used to lead the world in the percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds with college degrees. Now it ranks 12th among 36 developed nations.

What can I do?

  • If you are a student, make a commitment to complete your degree.
  • Talk to students you know about their plans for completion.
  • Take part on Queensborough Completion Day activities.
  • If you have completed a degree – particularly an associate degree – tell your story.
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Top 10 Reasons for Completing Community College

1. You'll earn more! Students who complete their associate degree or certificate can expect to earn as much as $8,000 more per year and about $400,000 more in a lifetime than a high school graduate.

2. You'll be prepared! People change jobs up to 10 times in their working lives - and when you are job-hunting, a college credential will always give you an edge.

3. Credential holders also are more likely to retain jobs. Unemployment for community college graduates is typically 30 percent lower than for high school grads.

4. You'll encounter fewer barriers to transfer! Many state college systems have articulation agreements that guarantee transfer of community college credits when associate degree students enter state universities. You'll save time and money by not having to repeat courses or take courses you did not know you needed.

5. You'll have the personal satisfaction of reaching your educational goal and having something tangible to show for it - something valued by employers, scholarship officials and transfer recruiters.

6. You'll help reverse a national trend in the declining number of college graduates, and you’ll also open doors for your children. Children of college graduates are more likely to graduate themselves.

7. You and your family’s health will improve. Research links greater educational attainment to longer life, healthful eating, exercising and avoiding risk factors. Better-educated people are quicker to change behaviors in response to new evidence. Bettereducated people have higher incomes, making them more likely to have health insurance and live in safer neighborhoods with better access to recreational facilities and grocery stores.

8. You will be more likely to promote environmental sustainability.

9. You'll be more likely to volunteer, vote, contribute to charity, serve on boards and run for office.

10. You'll be an educated, prepared and higher-paid employee, providing support for federal, state and local governments and helping the national workforce be competitive and productive in the global economy.

Fiction: You can get a good job without finishing college.
Fact: 60 percent of jobs by 2020 will require a college credential.