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Adult Programs Open House on November 6

Our graduate and undergraduate programs for women and men offer flexible schedules, making it easier than ever to earn or finish your degree. Choose from semester-long, weekend and accelerated courses. On November 6, learn about our programs that address marketplace needs in business, health care, education and more. 

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Alumnae Among Sun's 50 Women to Watch

Two fearless NDMU alumnae made the cover of the Sun magazine's 50 Women to Watch issue: PJ Mitchell '69, immediate past board chair, and Sheri Booker '04, author and NAACP Image Award winner. Leslie Simmons, '94, M'97 is also featured in the publication. 

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The proof is in our students and graduates

Our fearless and faithful Notre Dame women are making their mark in the world. Our community and academic environment, including close interaction with faculty who care about student success and our mission to promote the advancement of women, fosters that success.

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Online Risk Management Certificate Program

Do you work in a field where you assess risk or make strategic decisions in the face of uncertainty? Then Notre Dame's Online Graduate Certificate Prorgram in Risk Management could be the essential credential you need to take that next step in your career.

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Fearless Notre Dame Women

Notre Dame women engage in service around the world. Rachel De la Haya '14 and Charisma Edmonds-Massey '14 traveled to Tanzania this summer to teach at the Faraja Primary School for Disabled Children, on a trip funded by the Davis Projects for Peace. This is the eighth straight year NDMU has received this prestigious national grant.

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About the University

Notre Dame was founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame 120 years ago. Based on the progressive vision that education can transform the world, we prepare compassionate leaders who change lives.

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Michael Eric Dyson Inspires on Community Day

The Georgetown University professor and MSNBC analyst spoke on Diversity and Inclusion: Social Justice and Social Responsibility on the annual Baldwin Community Day, which celebrates our SSND heritage.

The Peacock's Voice Perdures

On Sunday, November 2 at 3:00 in Doyle Formal Lounge seventeen distinguished Women’s College students will be inducted into Alpha Delta chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma, National Honor Society for Catholic Colleges and Universities. The keynote speaker will be Sister Kathleen Feeley, former president of Notre Dame of Maryland University and author of Flannery O’Connor: Voice of the Peacock. Sister Kathleen will reflect on this remarkable southern Catholic writer and her special connection with our campus. All are welcome to attend.

President Yam Leads on Domestic Violence Education

Marking this Domestic Violence Awareness month, the Catholic Review features an interview with Dr. Marylou Yam on efforts to raise awareness and increase education on domestic violence in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and NDMU.

About Our History and Traditions

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1873
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Notre Dame of Maryland Collegiate Institute opens on Charles Street Avenue.
1873

Notre Dame of Maryland Collegiate Institute opens on Charles Street Avenue.

On the Saturday evening before the first building opened on Notre Dame of Maryland’s Charles Street campus in 1873, the sisters lit every light in the five-story structure and tower, turning on all gas jets in order to test the fixtures. A published history of the College notes: “the illumination made a spectacle which drew admiring neighbors from far and near.”

1876
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President Grant attends commencement.
1876

President Grant attends commencement.

President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant attended graduation ceremonies in Commencement Hall, which was located on the fourth floor of Gibbons Hall. Their niece, Bessie Sharp was a student at the Collegiate Institute. President Grant conferred the awards.

1895
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College of Notre Dame of Maryland is established.
1895

College of Notre Dame of Maryland is established.

The SSNDs established College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1895 as the first Catholic college for women in the United States to award the four-year baccalaureate degree. A press clipping from the time predicted the new college would “meet the ever increasing demand to give women the opportunity for intellectual training as thorough and comprehensive as is afforded to men in the best colleges of the country.”

1899
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Notre Dame awards first baccalaureate degrees.
1899

Notre Dame awards first baccalaureate degrees.

The Class of 1899 included Helen Burr, Catherine Coll, Ellen Coll, Mary Theresa Curran, Dorothea Kilkoff and Louise Power. Charles Joseph Bonaparte, great-nephew of Emperor Napoleon I, spoke at the first commencement ceremony. He remarked: "Today and here for the first time in America, a Catholic college for the education of young ladies bestows the bachelor's degree."

1910
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Cardinal Gibbons dedicates College Hall (now Meletia Hall).
1910

Cardinal Gibbons dedicates College Hall (now Meletia Hall).

Originally called "College Hall," Mary Meletia Hall was built in 1910 to accommodate Notre Dame's growing enrollment.

1927
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Sing-Song becomes an annual tradition.
1927

Sing-Song becomes an annual tradition.

Sing-Song began as an informal competition among the four undergraduate classes as to which could produce the best lyrics for popular tunes and sing them the most entertainingly. It remained a beloved tradition for the next 60 years!

1936
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Honor Code is adopted.
1936

Honor Code is adopted.

The Honor Code stands as an enduring pact between students and faculty, emphasizes truth and veracity in academic work, and challenges students to incorporate these ideals in all aspects of their lives.

1940
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Notre Dame Glee Club performs at the New York World's Fair.
1940

Notre Dame Glee Club performs at the New York World's Fair.

The 1939–40 New York World's Fair was the second largest American world's fair of all time, attended by 44 million people.

1963
Thumbnail: Author Flannery O'Connor visits campus.
Author Flannery O'Connor visits campus.
1963

Author Flannery O'Connor visits campus.

O’Connor was not only the most important female Catholic writer of the 20th century, but was also a treasured correspondent of poet and College of Notre Dame English professor Maura Eichner, SSND ’41, through late 1963 and early 1964. O’Connor’s letters to Sister Maura offer insight on her abiding Catholic faith, as reflected in her body of work.

1970
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Quest '70 commits to remaining a women's college.
1970

Quest '70 commits to remaining a women's college.

When many single sex colleges and universities in the country moved to co-education, Notre Dame organized Quest ’70, a landmark event that brought students, alumnae, faculty and trustees together in dialogue about single sex education and to determine the school’s future course. After thoughtful and often lively debate, participants reached an overwhelming consensus: Notre Dame would remain first and foremost a women’s college, as envisioned by the SSNDs nearly three-quarters of a century earlier.

1973
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Loyola/Notre Dame Library opens.
1973

Loyola/Notre Dame Library opens.

The Loyola/Notre Dame library is the first in the country to be jointly owned by two independent colleges.

1975
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Mother Theresa of Calcutta visits the Notre Dame campus.
1975

Mother Theresa of Calcutta visits the Notre Dame campus.

Addressing the students, Mother Theresa stressed the gifts that women can bring to service to the poor. She was one of many internationally known women who helped Notre Dame celebrate the International Women's Year with an historic lecture series.

1983
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Students choose the 'Gator as the official mascot of Notre Dame athletics.
1983

Students choose the 'Gator as the official mascot of Notre Dame athletics.

1984
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Graduate Studies launches master's in management.
1984

Graduate Studies launches master's in management.

Notre Dame begins master’s in management program, its first graduate-level offering.

1995
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Pope John Paul II comes to Baltimore.
1995

Pope John Paul II comes to Baltimore.

As Notre Dame celebrated its centennial, His Holiness Pope John Paul II visited the nearby Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. He observed: "Catholic schools, historically and as a matter of duty, have made a substantial contribution to society by giving special attention to economically disadvantaged segments of society. I hope that you will continue to look for ways of ensuring the continuation of this essential service, despite the financial burdens it entails. Catholic education serves the future of all Americans, by teaching and communicating the very virtues on which American democracy rests."

1997
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Trustees name first permanent lay president.
1997

Trustees name first permanent lay president.

Mary Pat Seurkamp, Ph.D. becomes Notre Dame's eleventh president and the first layperson permanently appointed to the role. Dr. Seurkamp's inauguration festivities drew more than 1,000 students, alumnae and friends to the campus.

2001
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Feeley International Center opens.
2001

Feeley International Center opens.

The Sister Kathleen Feeley International Center opens. Named for Notre Dame’s ninth president, the Center houses not only the classical and modern languages department, but also the office of international programs, study abroad, and the English Language Institute. It provides an atmosphere of international cooperation and exchange for all members of the Notre Dame community.

2009
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School of Pharmacy welcomes first class of students.
2009

School of Pharmacy welcomes first class of students.

Notre Dame opens its first professional school, the School of Pharmacy, offering the Pharm.D. Nearly 500 students apply for the 70 seats in the inaugural class. It is the first pharmacy school located on the campus of a women’s college in the United States and the second in Maryland (after University of Maryland).

2011
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College becomes Notre Dame of Maryland University.
2011

College becomes Notre Dame of Maryland University.

On September 9, 2011, the 116th anniversary of the first day of classes at the College, Notre Dame of Maryland University is dedicated.

2012
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Groundbreaking for new academic building
2012

Groundbreaking for new academic building

Notre Dame breaks ground on a new academic building for the School of Education and School of Nursing.

2013
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School of Pharmacy Graduates First Class, Receives Accreditation
2013

School of Pharmacy Graduates First Class, Receives Accreditation

Our School of Pharmacy, whose curriculum and initiatives focus on health care disparities, has received full accreditation status from the ACPE, the official accrediting body of pharmacy programs. The program graduated its first class in May 2013.