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Key Dates in Mount History


2007 - 2008

Mount St. Mary’s University celebrates its bicentennial.

2002 - 2003

Expansion of the Cogan Student Union Building into the William J. McGowan Center (comprising of student services in Cogan Hall and dining services in Patriot Hall)

Dec. 5, 1999

Bp. Keating Hall, the newest wing of the seminary, is dedicated.


The Marion Burk Knott Auditorium is constructed.

Spring 1990-91

Major renovations to McSweeny, Gallagher, and Mulcahy Halls give their present-day appearance.

Spring 1986

Construction starts of the Knott “ARCC” across Route 15 from the main campus.

Oct. 11, 1975

Knott Academic Center (known as the “AC”) is dedicated.

Oct. 10, 1975

Mulcahy Hall, a wing of the seminary, is dedicated.

Fall 1964

Ground broken for the Coad Science building.

June 7, 1961

Ground broken for the Cogan Student Union Building (known for many years as the “SUB”).


The Phillips Library is constructed.

Summer 1959

Construction starts on Gallagher Hall, a wing of the seminary.

Nov. 5, 1949

Second college gymnasium is dedicated in the WWII aircraft hanger (obtained from military surplus the previous year).

Aug. 16, 1907

Ground is broken for the current Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.

Oct. 8, 1806

Cornerstone is blessed for McSweeny Hall in the seminary.

Oct. 18, 1903

Flynn Hall Gymnasium opens (currently used for the Dept. of Visual & Performing Arts).


Echo Field is laid out in the former college vegetable gardens.

Jan. 11, 1858

McCaffrey Hall opens.

Spring 1844

Construction is completed on Bruté Hall.

Oct. 6, 1826

Fr. John Dubois leaves the Mount on his way to Baltimore and his episcopal consecration as the third Bishop of New York.

Dec.16, 1825

Dubois Hall is opened.

June 22, 1809

Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton arrives in Emmitsburg from Baltimore with her first sisters (Daughters of Charity).

Oct. 6, 1808

Construction begins on Dubois’ school at Mount St. Mary’s.

Aug. 15, 1806

Fr. John Dubois dedicates his new church on the hillside above today’s Mount St. Mary’s University.

1791 – 1806

Fr. John Dubois works as a circuit-riding priest in Maryland and northwestern Virginia.

July 1791

Fr. John Dubois emigrates to the United States of America.

Sept. 22, 1787

John Dubois is ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Paris.

Aug. 24, 1764

John Dubois, Mount St. Mary’s founding father, is born in Paris, France.

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