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Timeline

1920s

  • The Holy Child College for Women opens with seven students.
  • Athletic facilities (field hockey, tennis, and the gymnasium) are completed and ready for action.
  • Connelly Hall is built. Rosemont’s first commencement ceremony is held with two graduates.
  • The Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library is opened 
  • Good Counsel Hall is built.
  • Old Mayfield (converted Sinnott barn) is replaced with the new Mayfield serving as a residence and dining hall.

1940s

  • The Immaculate Conception Chapel is completed.

1950s

  • The Science Hall and McShain Auditorium are built.
  • Cardinal Hall, a new dining facility, is built and named after Cardinal Dougherty, Archbishop of Philadelphia and supporter of the College since its beginning.
  • United States Senator John F. Kennedy visits Rosemont and speaks to students and faculty.
  • Kaul Hall is built as a new residence hall.

1960s

  • Alumnae Hall is built, housing the new “T” Deli and Gymnasium.
  • Mother Mary George O’Reilly, SHCJ, ’38 becomes the first alumna to serve as president.
  • Heffernan Hall is built as a residence hall.
  • Lawrence Hall is built to add more classroom space, art studios, and faculty and administrative offices.

1986

  • The School of Graduate Studies is established. 

1990s

  • The Science Hall is gutted, redesigned, and renamed the Dorothy McKenna Brown Science Building.
  • The School of Professional Studies is established.

2000

  • Rathalla is refurbished and renamed Main Building to honor the days of the College’s founding.

2001

  • The Bill and Rosemarie Seydel McCloskey Fitness Center is officially opened.

2005

  • Connelly Hall is renovated as a modern living and community gathering space.

2006

  • Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, PhD, an alumna of the class of 1970 and a member of the Board of Trustees, becomes President of Rosemont College, after serving as Acting President and Interim President, respectively, during the illness and following the death of President Ann Amore.

2008

  • The Board of Trustees of Rosemont College approved a Strategic Plan which will emphasize and expand the College’s enrollment, programs, and reputation by embracing co-education, partnerships, and online education.

2009

  • The Class of 2013 becomes the first coeducation undergraduate class and the largest class in over 40 years.
  • The Rosemont Ramblers athletic identity is replaced with the Rosemont Ravens.
  • Men’s soccer, basketball, and tennis begin competition.

2010

  • Women’s soccer and cross country are added to the athletics’ program, in addition to men’s cross country, golf, and lacrosse.

2011

  • Rosemont College celebrates a year of milestones including its ninetieth anniversary of the College, the eighty-fifth anniversary of Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library, the seventieth anniversary if Immaculate Conception Chapel, and the fiftieth anniversary of Alumnae Hall. 

2012

  • Rosemont College’s brand was refreshed including a new tagline: the POWER of small.
  • Renny the Raven was introduced to the College community.
  • The Institute for Ethical Leadership and Social Responsibility hosts its first symposium.
  • Rosemont receives a $5M gift from an anonymous alumna for the construction of the athletics complex and renovations of the dining facility. 

2013

  • Rosemont College Online launched with two graduate degree programs and seven graduate certificate programs.
  • The ninetieth commencement class is also the first undergraduate coeducational class graduates from Rosemont College.
  • Rosemont’s graduate creative writing program holds summer writers’ retreat and with the graduate publishing program hosts first annual book festival.
  • Athletics Complex with new turf field and natural grass softball field open. A newly renovated dining facility opens in Cardinal Hall including a modern eatery and café.
  • A new five year strategic plan approved by the Board of Trustees.
  • Rosemont receives a $500K pledge from Jeffrey & Dianne Rotwitt for the renovation of the McShain Performing Arts Center.

2015

  • “Our Tuition Promise”  The bold step of reducing tuition by 43% and room and board by 12% was announced in September of 2015  with two goals: 1) to present Rosemont as an affordable and accessible private-college option for all families & 2) and to promote clarity in the confusing world of college finance. 

2017

  • $40 Million Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign was successfully completed in June 2017
    • One $5 Million Estate Gift
    • One $8.5 Million Gift
    • Three $1 Million Gifts
    • Over $8 Million of Endowed Scholarships Established

2019

  • RoCo Option, launched in August 2019, making submission of ACT/SAT scores is optional if a student’s weighted, cumulative high school GPA is a 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Approximately 15% of all 2019 applicants applied with the RoCo Option vs. 25% standard in 2018 study (result of our having a GPA requirement)
  • President Sharon Latchaw Hirsh announces her retirement. A search begins for the new President
  • The College’s new 73,000 square foot Sharon Latchaw Hirsh Community Center Dedicated November 16, 2019
  • Rosemont convenes a Commision on the Legacy of Slavery and files their report with the Rosemont College Archives.
  • Approval to confer Associates Degrees through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, beginning with an AS Criminal Justice and AS Business
  • Partnerships Established/Enhanced with Salus University, Harrisburg University, Drexel University, PCOM, University of the Sciences, Widener University, Fordham University, Eastern University, Villanova University, SEPCHE
  • Center For Experiential Opportunities and Post-Graduate Success Established

2020

  • College announces 99% of May 2018 graduates are employed full-time, in the military, participating in service programs, or are attending graduate school (as of June 2019)
  • The new COVID-19 virus impacts Pennsylvania in mid-March. By the order of the Governor all Pennsylvania Colleges, including Rosemont, must cease in-person classes and gatherings. Rosemont switches mid-semester from an in-person format to a virtual format. Commencement for 2020 was postponed until 2021. Reunion was cancelled.
  • President Sharon Latchhaw Hirsh May 30, 2019
  •  President Jayson Boyers EdD takes office June 1, 2020
  • Rosemont 2020 – the Plan to Reopen the Campus is launched as Rosemont’s plan to successfully operate through the restrictions of the pandemic. One measure is Two Terms Once Focus, dividing classes for the undergraduate College into two terms per semester and all classes operate on a hybrid model, mixing in-person and online formats.  The rates of infection among the Rosemont Community remain low through the Fall Semester.