This panoramic shot portrays the 1997 Commencement ceremonies from above, while giving a contextual view of Queens College in the greater milieu of New York City. The borough of Queens stretches on in the background to the towers of Midtown…
Figures in caps and gowns are lined up on the east side of the campus quad, facing others on the rear porch of Jefferson Hall. The college's first commencement ceremonies were held on this day in June, 1941.
Standing and newly inducted fraternity members participate in a "tapping" ceremony on the college quad. "Tapping" is a practice begun at Yale University in which collegiate societies hold a public selection of prospective members.
This photograph, reproduced for the 1941 Silhouette yearbook, depicts members of the Rho Tau sorority on the Queens College campus. The relative lack of development on the campus and in surrounding neighborhoods at the time is evident.
A scene of students lounging and passing the time upon the campus quad. View is taken from the site of present-day Remsen Hall, looking north with some of the campus' Spanish Revival buildings and Klapper Hall in the background.