Celebrating 75 Years
Above: A special video from the April 10, 2015, Scholarship Gala along with
Iona College recently celebrated a remarkable milestone in its history – 75 years since its founding. For 75 years, the College has stood as a premier institute of American Catholic Higher Education – preparing students to move the world while instilling in them the values of Blessed Edmund Rice and the Christian Brothers. Iona has grown and evolved so much since its beginnings in 1940. This anniversary provided an opportunity to reflect on the amazing accomplishments of the College during the past 75 years, as well as look ahead to all that is to come in the next 75 years.
Starting spring 2015, Iona College embarked on a year's worth of celebration in honor of our 75th anniversary. The observance of this occasion extended into spring 2016, in commemoration of the College’s first year, 1940-1941. Celebrations officially launched with the Trustees Scholarship Award Gala, at the Waldorf Astoria New York on Friday, April 10, 2015.
Several annual Iona events and celebrations had a 75th anniversary theme during the year. Additional projects and activities relating to the 75th anniversary included:
street banners going up on and around campus in early April 2015;
anniversary components to commencement and alumni reunion weekend in May 2015;
a special issue of Iona College Magazine in late summer 2015;
a history of Iona’s 75 years by Br. Harry M. Dunkak, Ph.D. ’51, emeritus professor of history, and the late Br. Charles B. Quinn (who wrote The First Fifty Years for the College’s 50th anniversary in 1990), published in fall 2015;
a day of service on September 19, 2015, where the entire Iona community continued to honor our mission of service in tribute of the opening of the College on September 19, 1940.
Planning for this milestone in Iona College history took place over more than a year with the 75th Planning Group – a core committee made up of faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends. We were pleased to see the 75th anniversary commemoration come to fruition and were delighted by all those who joined us in celebration.
Iona College 75th Planning Group
See a listing of planning committee members