50th landing

Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence


On January 13, 1966, the SUNY Trustees resolved to sponsor and establish a community college for Herkimer County. Approval was given for classes to begin in 1967 with a predicted full-time enrollment of 200 to 225 students. With that resolution, Herkimer College became the 29th community college in New York State. 

Since then, our students and alumni have experienced great achievements—in the classroom, on the athletic fields, in co-curricular activities, internships, and their endeavors after they graduate. Alumni live and work in all corners of the world as business leaders, educators, healthcare workers, therapists, counselors, television personalities and producers, scientists, engineers, technicians, accountants, artists, musicians, public servants, investigators, attorneys, entrepreneurs, and the list goes on.

Herkimer College has made a significant impact on the economic and social well-being of the local and regional community. Through our work to provide educational excellence and opportunity, the community benefits from workforce development, an expanded economy, reduced social costs, higher business revenues, increased individual earnings, more career opportunities, greater availability of public funds, and an eased tax burden.

In recognition of Herkimer College’s 50th anniversary, a variety of celebratory activities and events were held throughout the year.