Saturday, April 5, Hunter College hosted its first annual Alumni Homecoming. There were 2600 attendees. A graduate of the class of 1932, now 103 years young, was in attendance.
Hunter College, one of the oldest public colleges in America, was established in 1870 by Thomas Hunter with the goal of training young women to be teachers. Hunter began admitting men into its freshman class in 1964.
The college, part of the City University of New York, has its main campus on Park Avenue at 68th Street. It includes Roosevelt House, so named for Eleanor and Franklin Delano Roosevelt who bequeathed their residence to Hunter College, Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, School of Public Health, School of Public Policy, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Social Work, and administers Hunter College High School and Hunter College Elementary School. As of 2012, Hunter College established a partnership with Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center.
Today, Hunter College boasts 16,00 undergraduates and 6,000 postgraduates. It is overseen by Jennifer Raab, its thirteenth President since 2001, and Vita Rabinowitz, its 11th Provost and Vice President since 2007 and acting Provost since 2005. Hunter College is an exciting place to study with many distinguished professors.
Among the 42 programs offered at Homecoming, a few highlights were Alexandria Styron’s reading from her book My Father: A Memoir, the film screening of My Brooklyn, conversations with Carole Radziwell and Anthony DeCurtis, and a special performance of The Weiner Monologues.