- The African American Reading Marathon was part of LaGuardia Community College's Bicentennial Festival, marking the countries 200 years of existence with a 202 hour reading marathon. Sponsored by the Afro-American Culture Club, the event was also part of the United States first official Black History Month. The marathon started Sunday, February 1st at 1pm and ended Monday, February 9th at 11pm.
- To honor the College's tenth anniversary, Mayor Ed Koch declared the week of November 16th, 1981, to be LaGuardia Community College Week. As part of the celebration, the M Building was formally dedicated as Joseph Shenker Hall and Marie LaGuardia, the wife of Fiorello unveiled a statue of her husband to be installed on campus.