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New York Colleges Celebrate Commencements and Academic Success

The Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) Membership Urges Enhanced Tuition Award Program Expansion

 Throughout May and June, students enrolled in the 14 New York’s degree-granting proprietary colleges will celebrate at graduation ceremonies, while reflecting on their many accomplishments throughout their educational careers.

“New York is a leader in higher education, and always has been,” said Donna Gurnett, president and CEO of APC. “In the early 1970s, the state recognized the ability of New York’s proprietary college sector to educate non-traditional students and granted select institutions degree-granting authority. Since that time, the state has empowered each of the four sectors of higher education, comprised of SUNY, CUNY, private not-for-profit and proprietary colleges, to increase college access and ensure degree completion. APC member college commencements are a testament to this vision and are a reason to celebrate.”

New York’s proprietary sector of higher education is regulated by the state Board of Regents to ensure academic integrity, placing it on par with the other higher educational sectors in the state. In the 2015-16 academic year, APC member colleges conferred 8,019 associate, bachelor, master, doctorate and certificate degrees. Of those, 856 were masters and doctoral degrees.

The following is a listing of commencement exercises that will be held beginning May 20:


  • Five Towns College: Sat, May 20, Eugene Orloff Auditorium at the Half Hollow Hills High School East located at 50 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills. 10:00 a.m.
  • Bryant & Stratton College, Buffalo Campus: Sat, May 20, Hamburg Fairgrounds, Hamburg.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  
  • LIM College: Thurs, May 25, Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue (between Seventh Avenue and West 57th Street). 8:00 p.m.
  • The College of Westchester: Thurs, June 1, Westchester County Center, White Plains. 2:00 p.m.
  • Bryant & Stratton, Rochester Campus: Fri., June 2, Kodak Center for the Performing Arts,       200 West Ridge Road, Rochester. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Jamestown Business College: Sat, June 3, First Lutheran Church, Chandler Street, Jamestown. 10:00 a.m.
  • Monroe College: Tues, June 6, the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Two ceremonies: 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Plaza College: Sun, June 25, Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing. 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.                          

“APC member colleges provide quality programs with strong academics, exceptional on-time graduation rates, and enviable job placement outcomes all with the best interest of their students in mind,” said Gurnett. “In recent years, APC member colleges have either held tuition flat, instituted small tuition increases (between 1 and 1.5 percent), or decreased tuition, to keep college affordable.”

Expanding the Enhanced Tuition Award Program

New York’s final budget disadvantaged nearly 40,000 students attending the state’s private degree-granting proprietary colleges by not allowing them to apply for the new Enhanced Tuition Award. In response, APC member colleges are supporting legislation (S5891 Klein/A7697 Pichardo) that would amend the definition of private degree granting intuitions thus expanding ETA to include the nearly 40,000 students who choose to attend private APC institutions. The legislation has been very well received by both houses of the state legislature and has the support of the Business Council of New York State.

“It’s important to remember that students choose the college that best fits their needs,” said Gurnett. “Students select APC member colleges for many reasons, such as small class size and individual attention, counseling and financial literacy training and career development. And those who choose to attend an APC member college deserve the same opportunity to reduce their student loan debt as the students who attend a SUNY, CUNY or private not-for-profit college.

“New York has a long standing tradition of treating all four sectors equally, and it’s created this robust and diverse education system,” concluded Gurnett. “It is what has made New York a leader.”

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The Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) represents 14 fully accredited, degree granting colleges operating on 25 college campuses in New York State offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. Our colleges are located across the state from Buffalo, to Long Island, Jamestown to Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Albany and the entire NYC metropolitan area. There are more than 50,000 students enrolled in proprietary colleges throughout New York State and APC member colleges serve more than 35,000 of these students.

Please visit www.apc-colleges.org and follow us on Twitter @APCColleges and Facebook @ APCColleges .

Members of APC include:

Berkeley College
Bryant & Stratton
The College of Westchester
Elmira Business Institute
Five Towns College
Island Drafting & Technical Institute
Jamestown Business College
LIM College
Monroe College
New York Career Institute
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Plaza College
School of Visual Arts (SVA)
The Swedish Institute