50 Years


A Message from President Moono

Steady Moono, SUNY Schenectady president. Photo by Stand HoraczekIn July 1966, a 50-member Community College Study Committee, comprised of local citizens, recommended to the members of the Education Committee and the Schenectady County Board of Representatives that a community college be established in Schenectady County, stating that “the most important benefit brought by a college of this nature is the greater opportunity for education for both young and old throughout all sections and strata of the community.”

On September 17, 1969, Schenectady County Community College opened its doors to the public, welcoming students who were ready to take the next steps in their education.

Fifty years later, on September 17, 2019, SUNY Schenectady officially kicks off its 50th anniversary! The College is celebrating with a variety of community events that will highlight our five academic divisions, and lay the groundwork for the next 50 years, including our vision to be the regional leader in supporting and expanding innovative and collaborative programs that transform our students and communities.

We invite you to participate in this important milestone for the College. Thank you for being a part of the SUNY Schenectady family!

Steady H. Moono, Ed.D.

Photo of Steady Moono by Stan Horaczek

50th Anniversary Collection
on New York Heritage Digital Collection

Compiled by Maureen C. Zajkowski

Special Events

Join SUNY Schenectady as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.

March 13, 2020

PI Day at SUNY Schenectady

March 29, 2020

Capital Region Wind Ensemble presents "Celebration"
Featuring alumnus, William Sutton, euphonium soloist
Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, 3:00 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, $5 for children under 10.
SUNY Schenectady students are free with ID.

April 1, 2020

Liberal Arts Faculty Speaker Series: Service Learning History & Current Project
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Stockade Building, Room 101

April 7, 2020

29th Annual Food for Thought and All That Jazz
5:30-9:00 p.m.
SUNY Schenectady

April 15, 2020

50th Anniversary Chamber Orchestra Concert
SUNY Schenectady chorus
Alumni soloists
and featuring Karen Hosmer, oboe
Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free

April 17, 2020

Faculty, Alumni, and Students - Rhythms Poetry Slam
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Elston Hall, Student Lounge

April 22, 2020

STEM Day at SUNY Schenectady
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Hear from a panel of professionals at 9:30 a.m. in Stockade 101, followed by student presentations at 11 a.m. Poster presentations, networking with universities and businesses, and refreshments will follow in the Lally Mohawk Room.