This Month in our History – September/October

Mass of the Holy Ghost, 1942 (University of Scranton Archives)

Each month we will highlight some of the key events from the University’s history that took place during that month. For this first installment, we will cover September and October, both busy months in the academic year.

September 6, 1892 - Classes begin. On the morning of September 6, 1892, a solemn high Mass in the College chapel marked the formal opening of the College of St. Thomas of Aquin – soon shortened to St. Thomas College.

September 10, 1897 - In 1897, the Christian Brothers, a religious teaching congregation founded by St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, took responsibility for the administration of St. Thomas College.

September 23, 1942 - Bishop Hafey officially welcomed the Jesuit community to Scranton at a Solemn Mass of the Holy Ghost, held at St. Peter’s Cathedral.

October 1958 - The University acquired the final pieces of the Scranton Estate from the Scranton family: Scranton Hall, the greenhouse and a small squash court structure.

Early fall was also when most of the new building dedications took place on our campus:

September 10, 1958 - First quad of dorms dedicated - Casey, Fitch, Martin, and McCourt Halls
September 18, 1960 - Alumni Memorial Hall
September 19, 1961 - Gunster Memorial Student Center
September 16, 1962 - St. Thomas Hall
September 27, 1986 - Byron Recreational Complex
September 8, 1987 - Campion Hall
September 24, 1988 - Hyland Hall
September 25, 1992 - Weinberg Memorial
September 17, 1992 - McDade Center
October 1999 - McGurrin Hall
October 2000 - Brennan Hall
September 10, 2008 - Condron Hall
September 28, 2012 - Loyola Science Center

 For more information on these and other events, visit the timeline on the anniversary website –

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