Continuing Education

The Office of Continuing Education offers an outstanding program for adults at the Riverhead campus—the Center for Creative Retirement—a self-directed learning center for retirees. 

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
  • 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 Fall and Spring 2019-2020 courses for which the members voted:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Ballet
  • Exotic India
  • Female Phenoms
  • Genius and Geniuses
  • Ladies of Jazz
  • North American Indigenous People
  • NY Times Science Tuesday
  • The Black Death of the 14th Century
  • The Amazing Life of Birds
  • The Sixties
  • USA Gilded Age, 1870-1900

Miscellaneous “potpourri” topics (one class session each) and guest speakers 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 2020

The spring semester commences on Tuesday February 18th.

1. Week of February 17—Tuesday and Thursday classes

2. Week of February 24—Tuesday and Thursday classes

3. Week of March 2—Tuesday and Thursday classes

4. Week of March 9—Tuesday and Thursday classes

5. Week of March 16—Tuesday and Thursday classes

6. Week of March 23—Tuesday and Thursday classes

7. Week of March 30—Monday, Tuesday and Thursday classes

The week of April 6 is the Passover/Easter week. No classes.

8. Week of April 13—Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday classes

9. Week of April 20—Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday classes

10. Week of April 27—Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday classes

11. Week of May 4—Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday classes

12. Week of May 11—Monday and Tuesday classes

The end-of-term luncheon is on Thursday May 14th.


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