Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) Celebrates its 50th Anniversary, At the New York Stock Exchange

NEW YORK, April 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Tuesday, April 30, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Borough of Manhattan Community College of The City University of New York (BMCC/CUNY) will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a spectacular gathering in one of the world's most iconic buildings, that of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

The event's honorees will be Lawrence Leibowitz, Chief Operating Officer of NYSE Euronext, and Antonio Pérez, President of BMCC/CUNY.

"Both BMCC and NYSE have long been synonymous with the economic vitality that is Lower Manhattan," said President Pérez, "but BMCC and NYSE share more than a neighborhood in common. The NYSE is by far the world's biggest trading arena, representing a market capitalization of over $14 trillion—and BMCC is also about investing. Our stock in trade, of course, is human capital, preparing men and women with skills leading to productive, fulfilling jobs in the new economy."

A guest list of Lower Manhattan business elite, BMCC supporters and of course, students who have received the BMCC Foundation Scholarship—which the event's proceeds support in their entirety—will celebrate together on America's most historic trading floor.

For 50 years, BMCC has opened its doors to an ever-changing body of students who now hail from over 150 countries, and all five boroughs of New York City. The diversity has enriched the experience of all who attend BMCC.

The cost of a college education has also changed greatly in the last several decades—but BMCC, as part of CUNY, addresses that challenge to families by providing a competitive and remarkably affordable college education.

BMCC students graduate with job-ready skills and respected academic credentials. They earn associate degrees in cutting-edge fields: Criminal Justice, Biotechnology, Forensic Accounting, Health Information Technology, Communication Studies, Bilingual Education, and others—all of which link to specific Bachelor's degree programs at CUNY colleges throughout the City.

They also earn associate degrees in Engineering, Science, Math, Writing and Literature, Theatre, Computer Information Systems, Business Management, Media Arts and Technology, Human Services, Allied Health and Nursing—and graduate well prepared for the third year of a 4-year college.

To honor these students and their generous supporters, the friends of BMCC will be lighting up the halls of the nation's most historic seat of finance, the New York Stock Exchange, 2 Broad Street, Lower Manhattan, on Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For ticket information contact Melba Montero at (212)-220-7050,, or Pat Splendore at (212) -220-1251,

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