Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! Arising from a community's needs, Hostos is like no other educational institution on the East Coast. No one thought this college would make it, but it did. It's weathered bad times, celebrated good times, and remains firmly committed to its roots in the South Bronx.

Many things have changed since 1968---but not the power of a good story. The men and women who helped make Hostos a reality and those who keep the dream alive today have a wealth of stories to tell. The Hostos Oral Collective currently features the testimony of more than 100 people, reflecting the experiences of alumni, community members, faculty, former College presidents, friends, staff and students from the past half-century. Hear history in the making!

Anniversary Events

  Hostos50 Launch Thursday, April 20 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Hostos Gym
  “Puente for a New Generation” with Carlos Henriquez Friday, April 21 7:30 p.m. Pre-show reception Longwood Art Gallery
    Saturday, April 22 6:00 p.m. Pre-show reception Longwood Art Gallery
  The Big Event Launch. The first of 50 volunteering events set for the rest of the year, culminating in The Big Event 2018 Saturday, April 22   At the College
  Hostos50 S.T.E.A.M for Future Generations Tuesday May 2 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Center Teaching Learning, Natural Sciences Department, College Now, Early College and Proyecto Access
  Hostos50 2017 Student Scholarship Gala. Celebration begins at 475 Grand Concourse, once an abandoned tire factory building back when the Bronx was burning, that became the first home of Hostos Community College Friday, May 5 6:00 p.m. At the College
  Commencement 2017 Thursday, June 1 3:00 p.m. United Palace in upper Manhattan
  Hostos Welcome Day 2017. As Hostos celebrates its Golden Anniversary, a series of special events will be held to mark the start of the fall semester in the A-Atrium, Bridge, Memorial Garden, and Student Lounge, including the SGA Inauguration and an Alumni Speakers Bureau Recognition Reception. Thursday, September 7 TBA A-Atrium, Bridge, Memorial Garden, and Student Lounge
  Las Tres Hermanas: A Historical Retrospective. The exhibition illustrates how Evelina López Antonetty, the oldest of the sisters, was an iconic activist and champion for social causes; Lillian López, the middle sister, was among the first Puerto Rican librarians in the New York Public Library system and was the first Puerto Rican Administrator; and Elba Cabrera, the youngest of the three sisters, established herself as an ambassador and advocate for the arts. Thursday, September 14 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A-Atrium
  Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Reception featuring the “Boleros” exhibit opening. A dynamic collection of artwork by emerging artists responding to Spanish love-themed music from the 1930s and 1940s, which originated in Cuba and Mexico. Exhibit runs through December 6: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Monday, September 18 Noon to 5:00 p.m. Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
  Distinguished Latino Leaders Awards Reception. The event will honor Latino leaders Mayra Linares, CUNY Trustee and Director of Public Affairs & Communications Coca-Cola Company for New York and Puerto Rico; Business Entrepreneur Jaime Lucero; Rafael Alvarez, CEO of ATAX; and Hostos’ Distinguished Professor and celebrated author Isaac Goldemberg. Monday, September 18 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Longwood Art Gallery
  “Love With A Colonial Scent” – Film Screening. A film by Hostos Professor Joelle G. Laguer that uses Puerto Rico’s colonial situation with the USA, the island’s bankruptcy and breath taking vistas as a backdrop to focus on the debate over gay marriage on the island. Wednesday, September 27 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Room B-501
  Día de la Raza - “Hostos the Man, Hostos the College, and Hostos and the Bronx” Master Lecture. Hostos Professor Orlando Hernández speaks about the life and work of Eugenio María de Hostos. Thursday, October 12 3:30 p.m. Savoy Multi-Purpose Room
  Día de la Raza - Master Forum. The Council of Latin American Consul Generals of New York is comprised of 16 members, all of whom will be visiting Hostos to speak on el día de la raza. They will cover a broad range of issues affecting Latin Americans across the southern, central, and northern continent. Thursday, October 12 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Savoy Multi-Purpose Room
  “Hostos Dreams” – Roundtable. Professor Inmaculada Lara-Bonilla believes one of Hostos’ greatest accomplishments is the impact it has had on immigrant communities from all over the world. The dreams of many have been realized because of Hostos Community College. She gathers a powerful group to talk about the power and importance of plural voices. Tuesday,
October 17
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hostos Café
  Tribute Concert to Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez. A historical tribute concert to the late Fania All-Star and renowned salsero Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez. The evening will feature his daughter, acclaimed singer Cita Rodríguez, and his son, the multitalented jazz trumpeter Dr. Pete Rodríguez as musical director, with cameo appearances by artists who performed with “El Conde” over the course of his career. Saturday, October 21 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Main Theater
  Academic Symposium - “Our South Bronx Today: Educating and Empowering Students for the 21st Century.” Moderated by Hostos Professor Thomas Beachdel, this panel of community leaders and artists will discuss Hostos’ crucial role as a leader in urban education in the heart of the changing South Bronx. Wednesday, October 25 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Savoy Multi-Purpose Room
  “Fear City- Book Presentation. Acclaimed author Kim Phillips-Fein will visit the campus to speak about her new book and how she ended up with a chapter on Hostos Community College. Wednesday, October 25 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Longwood Art Gallery
  Noche Flamenca performs “Tres Sueños: When Muslims, Jews, and Christians Dream Together.” New York’s leading flamenco dance company performs this powerful work featuring Spanish, Hebrew, Ladino, and Arabic songs from Andalusia, Spain, spanning the 9th – 15th centuries — the “golden age” of philosophy and culture. Thursday, October 26 7:00 p.m. Repertory Theater
  Panel Discussion on Puerto Rican Migrations. This timely discussion, moderated by show host, news anchor and producer Javier Gómez, centers on reviewing and analyzing the pattern of the Puerto Rican migration and its repercussions for the diaspora. With special guests. Wednesday, November 16 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Room B-501
  Comité Noviembre. National Puerto Rican Artisan Fair, Book Expo and Memorabilia Exhibit. This signature cultural festival will feature nearly 100 artisans and authors from the United States and Puerto Rico. An annual, all-day event for all art lovers. Saturday, November 18 All-day event C-Building Lobby, Hostos Café, Gym, and Room C-391
  Hostos Giving Tuesday. Hostos again joins this international day of giving which allows EVERYONE to be a philanthropist by supporting the College during its 50th Anniversary. Get involved with #HostosGivingTuesday and help support the institution that has supported the South Bronx for half a century. Tuesday, November 28 TBA TBA
  Hostos50 HCAC 2018 Season Professor Ian Scott’s student portrait exhibit of Eugenio María de Hostos, the Man TBA TBA TBA
  Hostos50 Heritage Lecture Series Thursday, April 19 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Hostos Repertory Theater
  Hostos50 The Big Event Tuesday, April 24 All day event At the College
  Hostos50 Gala

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  Commencement 2018 May 31
June 1
  TBA = To be announced      
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January 1968

Board of Higher Education approves the establishment of Community College Number Eight.

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July 1969

Nasry Michelen appointed the first president of the College.

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September 1970

Hostos opens its doors to charter class of 623.

Fall 1972

"Libra" Program established.

Spring 1974

The campaign for the "500 Building" begins. Rallies held at Board and in Albany.

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February 1976

University announces plan to merge Hostos with Bronx Community College.

April 1976

Board approves proposal to merge.

June 1976

The State Legislature passes “Landes Act,” which guarantees the existence of Hostos.

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April 1968

Board of Higher Education formally founds college.

November 1968

Cándido de León appointed first dean of administration and proposes organization of the College.

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September 1969

College is named after Eugenio María de Hostos, making it the first college in the continental United States so honoring a Puerto Rican.

De León’s proposal adopted by Board.

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September 1971

Cándido de León appointed president, thus becoming the first Puerto Rican to head an institution of higher learning in the U.S.

Spring 1973

Bilingual approach to instruction is in place.

May 1974

"500 Building" acquired through special legislation passed in Albany.

Summer 1974

College granted full and unconditional accreditation by Commission on Higher Education.

Summer-Fall 1975

City's fiscal crisis worsens. Rumors of the merger of Hostos with Bronx Community College begin to circulate. College begins to mobilize.

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Fall 1977

Enrollment at record level, College Community resumes campaign for “500 Building.” Hostos United is founded.

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March-June 1978

Peaceful 3-month take-over of B-building; leads to 1986 Master Plan.

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Spring 1980

Reorganization plan approved by the Board of Trustees.

Summer 1980

Hostos accreditation is fully and unconditionally reaffirmed.

Fall 1980

Planning council formed. Reorganization of student services begins.

December 1980

College begins to move into "500 Building".

January 1981

Community Advisory Council formed.

Fall 1984

Hostos Day Care Center officially opens.

August 1985

Announcement that $150,000,000 campus will be built, including and arts center, gymnasium, science building and bridge across the Grand Concourse.

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August 1987

Dr. Isaura Santiago appointed President of Hostos Community College.

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Summer 1978

Mayor approves bond sale for renovation of building.

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March 1979

Dr. Flora Mancuso Edwards appointed president. Reorganzation of Academic Division begins.

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Fall 1982

Hostos Culture and Arts Program begins its first season.

Spring 1985

Hostos Solidarity Coalition formed to coordinate progressive political activity.


Committee to defend Hostos successfully fights to prevent major cuts in budget.

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Summer 1988

Construction begins on new campus.

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December 1990

Dedication of the Shirley J. Hinds Allied Health and Science Building.

September 1993

Students begin attending classes in a section of the East Academic Complex.

Fall 1988

First student graduation committee created.


Borough President Fernando Ferrer provides support for the theaters in the East Academic Complex and the Allied Health and Science Building.

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October 1994

Opening of the East Academic Complex and the Center for the Arts & Culture.

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March 1998

Dr. Dolores Fernández appointed President of Hostos Community College.

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July 2004

Hostos Center for Arts & Culture receives award from Municipal Art Society of NY for excellence in programming and science.


Men's basketball team wins NJCAA National Division III Championship.

January 2007

Hostos College library is recognized nationally when it is awarded the “Excellence in Academic Libraries Award” by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

National Endowment for the Humanities grants award for summer seminar for scholars at Hostos Community College: Visions of Freedom for the Americas: Eugenio María de Hostos and José Martí in 19th-Century New York.


The “Hostos Renaissance” A renewed commitment to rigorous career and liberal arts programs.


The “Hostos Age of Discovery:” New focus on making Hostos the pride of CUNY through a commitment to excellence.

April 2002

Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture receives special recognition from international Music Hall of Fame.


Hostos Community College commemorates the 100th anniversary of Eugenio María de Hostos’s death and the 150th anniversary of José Mart´’s birthdate with a series of events titled Hostos and Martí in New York City.

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February 2011

Hostos Repertory Company wins two awards at Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival.

May 2012

Wallace Edgecombe, also known as “Wally” retired after 38-years as Executive Director of the Hostos Center for Arts and Culture and being a leader of arts and culture in the Bronx.

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December 2012

Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development opens two new $1.4 million facility at the Bronx Terminal Market. CUNY in the Heights also moves into its new space in Manhattan.

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April 2013

Hostos celebrates official 45th anniversary. College marks its birthday with large community service project, THE BIG EVENT.

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August 2013

Hostos Repertory Company is the only community college from North America to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.

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September 2013

CUNY CareerPATH Community Health Worker Certificate Program sees first graduate to enter Hostos Community College.

Hostos’ partnership with Montefiore Medical Center, the Department of Education and CUNY conceived the Health, Education, and Research Occupations (H.E.R.O) High School where a first cohort of 100 ninth graders began preparing for careers in nursing and community health workers.

February 2014

Caimans wins CUNYAC Regular Season title.

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July 2014

Hostos Community College receives $300,000 grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) to launch a veterans support program called “Hostos Community Heroes.”

Hostos Community College, Phipps Neighborhoods, and Montefiore Health System Announce $1M Grant from JPMorgan Chase to support their Career Network: Healthcare partnership in the South Bronx.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Hostos Community College would receive two grants—$2.2 million for an “Allied Health Training for Employment” initiative and part of $4.6 million for a new multi-campus media program— as part of Governor Cuomo’s CUNY 2020 initiative.

September 2014

Hostos named one of the Top 10 Finalists for the 2015 ASPEN Prize for Community College Excellence.

Hostos receives $2.6 million Title V Grant Award from the United States Department Of Education.

November 2014

English Department Lecturer Cynthia Jones was selected as the 2014 New York State Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

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July 2015

Hostos opens College's first large farmer's market with GrowNYC.

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October 2015

Hostos Community College’s Division for Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) awarded a five-year, $10.7 million Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

January 2016

Basketball coach Marquee Poole earned Community College Coach of the Year honors; Jefferson Francois, a forward on the men's basketball team won Player of the Year; and Corina Coles, a guard, earned Rookie of the year for her stellar play on the women's basketball team at CUNYAC Awards banquet.

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March 2016

40th Anniversary Of Campaign to Save Hostos Community College celebrated with the documentary, "Hostos, The Struggle, The Victory."

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April 2016

Hostos finishes 1st place in National Technology Survey.

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter Abby Dobson performs and speakes about her female influences at grand Women's History Month finale.

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October 2016

Hostos and "Healthy Beverage Zone" gives the Borough better choices.

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Decemeber 2016

Piece of Hostos Archive on Exhibit at The Museum of the City Of New York - A 1976 flyer from Hostos Professor Emeritus Dr. Gerald Meyer’s “Save Hostos” collection is on display as part of the Museum of the City of New York’s exhibit titled, “New York at Its Core.” It is also featured in a new book about the 1970s fiscal crisis in New York City.

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March 2012

Ribbon cutting ceremony inaugurates $9.1 million renovated and redesigned 5th Floor of 500 Grand Concourse Building.

October 2012

National Science Foundation Awards Hostos more than $900,000 for STEM Projects.

November 2012

Hostos Professor Rees Shad named 2012 New York State Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

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January 2013

The Caiman's men's baskeball team enters Top 10 in NJCAA Division III rankings.

February 2013

U.S. Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor becomes the first guest of the Hostos Heritage Lecture Series. Other speakers included journalist Cheryl Willis and Pulitzer Prize Díaz.

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June 2013

United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan gives keynote address at the College’s largest commencement ceremony to date as Hostos confers a record number of 907 degrees in the New York City Center.

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January 2014

Hostos 175, a year-long commemoration of Eugenio María de Hostos 175th anniversary is held at the College, with numerous academic and artistic events.

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Hostos receives $100,000 grant award from Citi Community Development for a pilot program, “Summer Success 101: Student Financial Literacy and Retention Program.

Hostos launches new Food Studies Program.

April 2014

Proyecto Access STEP third-place prize from the 16th Annual STEP Statewide Student Conference.

June 2014

Public Safety Director, Chief Arnaldo Bernabe received the 2014 Sloan Public Service Award by the Fund for The City of New York. Chief Bernabe was also the first Hostos Community College employee to win this award and the first CUNY-wide Public Safety Officer (in the civil service rank) to receive the honor.

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October 2014

Internationally renowned artist Antonio Martorell, visits Hostos for its 175th celebration to give lecture, “Hostos By Us,” displaying a series of paintings, drawings, sculptures and other artwork represented who Eugenio María de Hostos was.

December 2014

Hostos Unveils Portrait Painted By Famed Artist Pablo Marcano García.

February 2015

Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture Presents New York City premiere of the groundbreaking project, "Identities Are Changeable," by MacArthur Fellow and internally renowned saxophonist/composer Miguel Zenón.

April 2015

Shawn "Jay Z" Carter Visits Hostos to Talk About the State of Music Industry.

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September 2015

Hostos celebrates diamond anniversary of its Annual Golf Outing.

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November 2015

Hostos event celebrates the preservation of local history through Las Casitas Archives.

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June 2016

Hostos Community College graduates its largest graduating class to date.

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August 2016

Rapper Fat Joe releases new video at Hostos.

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November 2016

Hostos smashes #GivingTuesday fundraising goal (beginning at $7K ending $63K +).

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The BEST is yet to come!

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