SYLVANIA—Lourdes College officially became Lourdes University during the institution’s convocation ceremony Aug. 19.
“Our transition to Lourdes University recognizes the incredible quality and dedication of our faculty, staff and students,” says Dr. Robert Helmer, president. “Lourdes University will be a place where people from all over our country will come to study and to work.”
Lourdes College officially became Lourdes University during the institution’s convocation ceremony Aug. 19. (Photo courtesy of Lourdes College)
Dr. Sylvia Manning, president of the Higher Learning Commission, served as keynote speaker for the event. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region and is the main accrediting body of Lourdes.
Founded in 1958 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Lourdes has experienced unprecedented growth in the last few years and has been continually recognized for its commitment to excellence in academics. Since 2002, enrollment has doubled and the institution has added a new academic building, apartment-style housing and a dining hall. For seven consecutive years (2004-2011), Lourdes has been named among Princeton Review’s list of best colleges. Additionally, Lourdes was twice named a “Military Friendly School” by GI Jobs Magazine and was included as one of the “Great Colleges to Work for” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
“Over the last several years, the energy and excitement on campus has been growing,” says Mary Arquette, vice president for institutional advancement. “From new academic programs, athletics and housing, to philanthropic endeavors, building and — finally — our move to university — we, at Lourdes, along with the entire community, are looking forward to a wonderful future in serving our community and beyond through the mission of Lourdes University and the values-centered education and programming we provide.”
Rooted in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, Lourdes offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, liberal arts, nursing, organizational leadership and theology.