Center for Lifetime Study

The Center for Lifetime Study

The Marist Center for Lifetime Study (CLS) provides opportunities for intellectual and cultural exploration and development for men and women of retirement age. CLS provides a rewarding experience of learning and fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere without exams or grades. Currently, 650 members enjoy courses, trips, and social events held in various locations.

The Center is a volunteer, membership-run organization. Courses are offered in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and general sciences and are taught by CLS members, college faculty, or community leaders.

The Center for Lifetime Study has membership spaces available. Applications for membership will be available upon request.

If you are interested in joining the Marist College Center for Lifetime Study, please email: or call the CLS office at (845) 575-3902.

Jonah and Joan ShermanThe Sherman Legacy

On February 12, 1992, Marist issued a press release announcing the establishment of a peer-led education program for individuals 55 years and older.  The Marist Center for Lifetime Study, or CLS, was established by the late Jonah Sherman and his wife Joan in honor of Jonah’s aunt Rose Sherman to provide intellectual opportunities, cultural exploration and academic development to local seniors.  The Shermans’ commitment to enriching the lives of others led Jonah to serve on Marist's Board of Trustees, as well as leadership positions in several local nonprofit organizations and led Joan to serve with other voluntary organizations.  Together, they worked with Catharine Street Community Center, where they began their volunteer lives locally. 

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