History And Traditions

Molloy College Timeline


1941 - Sisters of St. Dominic purchase 25 acres in Rockville Centre

1948 - Architectural firm Beatty & Berlenbach hired


1954 - Groundbreaking for first building- Quealy Hall

1955 - Mother Anselma Ruth, O.P., Ph.D., appointed 1st President

Provisional Charter granted by NY State

Official opening of Molloy Catholic College for Women at 915 North Village Avenue, Rockville Centre

Student Council convocation held

1956 - Quealy Hall opened

First student newspaper The Crosier published

1957 - Mother Bernadette de Lourdes, O.P., appointed 2nd President

1958 - Kellenberg Hall opened

College honor society established - Omicron Alpha Zeta

1959 - First intercollegiate glee club recital with Boston College

First commencement ceremony


1960 - Absolute Charter received from NY State with approval to confer B.A. and B.S. degrees

1962 - Sister Mary Celeste Beck, O.P., Ph.D., appointed 3rd President

Sisters of St. Dominic transferred deed for the campus to Molloy College

1963 - Memorial grotto completed

1964 - Maria Regina Faculty Residence opened

1967 - Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

James E. Tobin Library dedicated

1968 - First Mary E. Lilly Awards Night

1969 - Nursing program accredited by the National league for Nursing

First Fulbright Fellowship received by a Molloy student

 Co-sponsored Spanish Institute with the Rockville Centre Diocese


1971 - Charter amended: name changed to Molloy College

1972 - Sister Janet Fitzgerald, O.P., Ph.D., appointed 4th President          

Men allowed to matriculate in nursing program

1973 - Molloy became 7th member of the Nassau Higher Education Consortium

Higher Education Opportunity Program established

1974 - Evening Division established

Men allowed matriculate in the Evening Division

College Senate, tripartite government, endorsed by the Board of Trustees

Institute for Gerontology established

1975 - Siena Women's Center founded

B.A. in Gerontology program approved by NY State

1976 - NY State approval to confer A.A., A.A.S. and A.O.S. degrees

1977 - Five men graduated with B.S.in Nursing

1979 - Social Work program accredited by the National Council on Social Work Education

Epsilon Kappa accepted as 128th chapter of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing


1980 - Adelaide B. Wilbur Arts Center opened

1981 - Our Mother Our Confidence! statue dedicated

Student musical recital held in Carnegie Hall

1982 - Molloy College became coeducational

Women's athletics joined NCAA Division II

1983 - Chapel of the Sacred Heart dedicated

 First student computer center opened

1984 - B.A. in Music Therapy approved by NY State

B.S. in Elementary Education, music "n-6" approved by NY State

1988 - NY State approval to confer M.S. degree

Charter member of New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC)

President's Advisory Board on Multicultural Concerns established

1989 - Graduate nursing program opened

A.A.S. in Respiratory Care approved by NY State

President Janet Fitzgerald, O.P., only woman expert invited to the Vatican International Conference on Catholic Higher Education


1992 - First nursing graduate students awarded M.S. degrees

Men's athletics joined NCAA Division II

William J. Casey Center opened

Athletics Hall of Fame founded

Molloy Institute for Lifelong Learners (M.I.L.L) founded

1993 - Patricia W. Keenan Nursing Resource Center dedicated

1996 - Dr. Martin D. Snyder, Ph.D., appointed 5th President

First Boxtown - homelessness awareness fundraiser held

First Appalachia Project with the Big Laurel Learning Center held

B.A.in Criminal Justice program approved by NY State

1997 - Sr. Miriametta Zehnter, O.P. Terrace Garden dedicated

First web page; www.molloy.edu

1998 - M.S. in Education program approved by NY State

Center for Social and Ethical Concerns established

Global Learning Program established

Academic Service-Learning program established

Service learning Program established

Rising Star Summer Camp founded

1999 - Dr. Valerie Collins, Ph.D., appointed acting President

Center for Christian-Jewish Studies established

Faculty Professional Center opened


2000 - Dr. Drew Bogner, Ph.D., appointed 6th President

Honors Program established

2001 - Joseph F. Maher Leadership Forum established

2002 - Next Generation premiered on Telecare Television Network

2003 - NY State approval to confer B.F.A. degree

NY State approval to confer M.B.A. degree

2005 - Education Program accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education

Suffolk Center opened in Farmingdale

Siena Hall opened

NY State approval to confer the B.S.W. degree

2006 - Energeia Partnership established

2007 - M.S. and dual degree B.A./M.S.in Criminal Justice programs approved by NY State

2008 - M.S. and dual degree B.S./M.S.in Music Therapy programs approved by NY State

2009 - M.S.in Speech-Language Pathology program approved by NY State

Irish Studies Institute established

Sustainability Institute established

2010 - NY State approval to confer Ph.D. degree

First Doctoral program opened in nursing

Speech, Language and Hearing Center opened

Rebecca Center for Music Therapy opened

2011 - The Public Square and Madison Theatre opened

2011 - First student residence hall opened - Fitzgerald Hall

2014 - Second residence hall opened - Maria Regina Hall

2016 - The Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing opened

2019 - Bogner Hall and McGovern Plaza opened


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