Continuing Education

The Office of Continuing Education offers an outstanding, and very different, program for adults at the Riverhead campus.

Riverhead’s Center for Creative Retirement provides an exciting option for retired people who want to explore their intellectual, cultural and social interests in the company of like-minded peers. At this self-directed learning center, retirees choose their own roles as leaders, teachers, reporters and participants in informal study groups, workshops, roundtables, field trips and other projects that they join to initiate and implement. Membership, by application, is open year round.

Center for Creative Retirement

Self-directed learning centers for retirees have proved successful on scores of major university campuses around the country. CCR at Long Island University at Riverhead was one of the first such facilities in Suffolk county.

Founded in 1981, CCR capitalizes on the variety of skills and life experiences of its members. Members act together to design their own programs, and contribute as presenters and discussion participants. CCR is educational and entertaining—stimulating and fun.

If you are a retired person who seeks intellectual stimulation, meeting new people and active involvement, CCR is for you!

About the CCR

As a CCR member, you are involved in a variety of activities:

Presentations by members and discussions covering a wide variety of interesting topics

  • Member-led classes on each semester’s topics
  • Roundtable discussions of current events
  • Lectures by guest speakers
  • Day trips to museums, art galleries, and historic sites
  • Summer get-togethers at CCR member residences
  • Mid-term and end-of-term luncheons


CCR employs a we-run-it-ourselves way of doing things. Members share responsibility in curriculum planning, subject selection, and class presentations.

Each semester’s curriculum consists of whatever subjects the members choose; it changes from semester to semester. The subjects cover a wide variety of topics. 

Here are the Spring 2018 courses for which the members voted:

  • Human History:  A Different Perspective (Based on the works of Professor Yuval Noah Harari)
  • Science Seminar (based on the weekly New York Times “Science Tuesday” section)
  • Women of Fame or Infamy in History
  • The Korean War
  • The Dutch Golden Age (of the 17th Century)
  • The History of Long Island
  • The Life and Music of Giuseppe Verdi
  • Speeches that Changed the World
  • Great Show Tunes and Musical Scenes
  • Mel Brooks Film Series

Miscellaneous “potpourri” topics (one class session each), guest speakers, and current events roundtables will be included in the program, as well.

Membership Information

All participation is voluntary. Enrollees may attend all or selected classes as they wish. There are no exams or required homework—classes are to be enjoyed!

Annual and semester memberships are available, and membership fees remain extremely reasonable. New members may join anytime during the year.

CCR sessions are scheduled two or three days a week (Tuesday and Thursday OR Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday) from September to May with a winter recess in January. The morning sessions run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. followed by a brown bag lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The afternoon sessions run from noon to 1 p.m.

CCR Calendar—Spring 2018

The spring semester commences on Tuesday February 20.

Week of Feb. 19—Tues.  Thurs.

Week of Feb. 26—Tues.  Thurs.

Week of Mar. 5—Tues.  Thurs.

Week of Mar. 12—Tues.  Thurs.

Week of Mar. 19—Tues.  Thurs.

Week of Mar. 26—Tues.  Thurs.

Week of Apr. 2—Recess Week.  No classes.

Week of Apr. 9—Mon.  Tues.  Thurs.

Week of Apr. 16—Mon.  Tues.  Thurs.

Week of Apr. 23—Mon.  Tues.  Thurs.

Week of Apr. 30—Mon.  Tues.  Thurs.

Week of May 7—Mon.  Tues.  Thurs.

Week of May 14—Mon.  Tues.

Thursday May 17—End-of-term Luncheon.

Contact Us

CCR is administered through the Office of Continuing Education of Long Island University located on the campus of Suffolk Community College in Riverhead, phone number 631-287-8010, email:

CCR is located in the LIU Building that faces Parking Lot #3 on the Suffolk Community College Campus in Riverhead. CCR classes are held in Room 6.


LIU Riverhead
Dr. William E. Martinov, Jr., Dean