Classes Start at CUNY Graduate School and University Center as Buildings Department Approves Occupancy

September 8, 1999 | The University

Fall semester classes started on Friday afternoon, September 3, at The City University of New York Graduate School and University Center’s new location. Earlier in the day, the New York City Department of Buildings granted the school, in the former B.Altman building at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue, a temporary certificate of occupancy. Classes will be operating on full schedule starting on Tuesday.

Graduate Center President Frances Degen Horowitz had suspended normal operations for a week to allow the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) to complete the necessary renovations to the building and to ensure the safety of students, staff and faculty. Only essential employees were permitted in the building during the week.

“I want to thank the Department of Buildings, DASNY, President Horowitz and the work force at the Graduate Center for working together and completing the renovations so expeditiously,” said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. “I am delighted that faculty and students are now back in the classrooms.”

Still to be completed are various public assembly spaces, including the auditorium, recital hall, the art gallery and the cafeteria.