NDC Kicks Off Anniversary Celebrations

On March 26, 1922, Mother Mary Cecilia Romen, the Mother General of the Sisters of Notre Dame, wrote a letter to Cleveland Bishop Joseph Schrembs asking for permission to open a college for women. Less than a month later, the bishop granted permission.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Ninety years to the day of Mother Mary Cecilia sending that letter, Notre Dame College will begin a year-long celebration of the College’s past, present and future. With many significant historical events having taken place in the years 1922 and 1923, the College will celebrate its 90th anniversary from March 2012 to March 2013. The festivities will kick off with an opening celebration in the Regina Auditorium from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Monday, March 26.

Offices will be closed and classes suspended during this time as students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other invited friends of the College come together in honor of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame College President Dr. Andrew P. Roth will give a presentation on the history and future of the College, followed by an overview of events planned over the next year and a half. The NDC marching band, choir and cheerleaders will perform, and there will be a cake and punch reception in the Regina Gym. Prizes, including an iPad 3 (or equal value) will be awarded to those in attendance.

If you have a question about the past, present or future of the College you would like Dr. Roth to address, send it to pr@ndc.edu by Friday, March 23. Prizes will be awarded to those whose questions are selected.

Ninety years after Mother Mary Cecilia wrote the letter that set NDC’s history in motion, over 5,500 students, both men and women, have graduated from Notre Dame College. Today, Notre Dame educates a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility.     

Notre Dame is an opportunity college that provides a private, values-based, Catholic education to students who might otherwise not have access to such an experience. More than half of NDC’s students are the first in their families to go to college.

Notre Dame is one of the fastest growing and most diverse colleges in Ohio. One fourth of NDC’s 2,200 students are minority students and nearly half of them are not Catholic. They come from 20 different states and a dozen different countries.

Notre Dame is a job creator while other businesses are laying off. The College now has more than 250 employees.

In short, Notre Dame College has accomplished much over the past nine decades and has many reasons to celebrate its 90th birthday.

For more information about the College’s 90th anniversary, visit NotreDameCollege.edu/90.


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