On Saturday, June 27, 2009, Marian College will celebrate becoming Marian University; the college will officially change its name on July 1, 2009. The purpose of the name change is to better reflect what the institution is becoming: a great Catholic university.
Saturday's events include:
- Taste of Marian breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at Indianapolis Civic Theatre
- State of the College Address at 9:15 a.m. at Indianapolis Civic Theatre
- Name change celebration at 10 a.m. by the main entrance of campus
- Campus tours beginning at 10:30 a.m.
- Picnic lunch by the Franciscan Heritage Fountain at 12:15 p.m. (cost for lunch is $4 for adults and $3 for children)
Speakers at the name change celebration include: Gregory A. Ballard, mayor of Indianapolis; Sr. Barbara Piller, OSF ’71, congregational minister for the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg; D. Anthony Watt ’69, chairman of the Marian College Board of Trustees; William P. Eckman ’74, Marian College trustee, and Daniel J. Elsener, president of Marian College.
All Marian College alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends are welcome to attend the name change celebration. R.S.V.P. to Beverly Day at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317.955.6207.
Building a Great Catholic University
On October 25, 2007, before an audience of nearly 800 guests, Marian College president Daniel J. Elsener announced that Marian College will become a university. The announcement was part of the college’s annual scholarship fundraiser and celebration of its 70th year in Indianapolis.
“Marian College has dramatically evolved over the past 70 years, and becoming a great Catholic university in the heart of one of America’s greatest cities is the next logical step,” said Marian College president Daniel J. Elsener. Read more.
On May 9, 2008, the Marian College Board of Trustees approved a resolution stating that the official date of the renaming of the institution will be July 1, 2009.