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Celebrating 100 Years

Notre Dame College Centennial


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Notre Dame College is thrilled to celebrate 100 years of educational excellence with the Beyond 100 Centennial Opening Celebration, honoring our first century of success and looking forward to those to come.

This festive 100th birthday party will unite students, staff and the community in celebration of the College and what it means to all who are a part of the Notre Dame College family. With a lineup of distinguished speakers and engaging activities, we’ll walk through our history and delve into the qualities that make Notre Dame College an amazing place to learn, work and succeed.

Notre Dame College Beyond 100: MISSION, VISION, TRANSFORMATION

Notre Dame College opened its doors to 13 women and 11 novices on September 18, 1922, called Founders Day. The articles of incorporation for the College were signed and filed with the State of Ohio on March 30, 1923. A semester’s tuition was $75.

On September 18, 2022, Notre Dame will begin a yearlong celebration of its Centennial: 100 years of providing a liberal arts education in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame to diverse populations, including those who may not be able to afford a private college.

In June 1923, the Sisters leased 39 acres along Green Road in South Euclid. A year later they purchased 15 more acres. Construction of the campus began in the fall of 1926. On September 17, 1928, 13 seniors, 16 juniors, 21 sophomores and 32 freshmen began classes in the new Administration Building.

NDC Through the Decades

Three residence halls and the Administration Building’s west wing were built in the 1960s. The Clara Fritzsche Library (1971), the Keller Center (1987) and two more residence halls (2009) followed. The College acquired the former Regina High School complex in 2011, bringing the campus to about 50 acres.

Notre Dame now enrolls about 1,500 students in more than 30 undergraduate majors and several graduate degree programs. Options are available both onsite and online. The College became co-ed in 2001 and supports nearly 20 NCAA Division II sports, multiple performing arts programs and numerous student organizations.


Notre Dame College Today

The College is the most diverse postsecondary institution in the State of Ohio. More than 90% of students receive financial aid, nearly 40% are first generation college students, about 35% identify as traditionally underrepresented ethnicities and close to 10 percent are students with documented learning differences. Students come from nearly 30 states and more than 20 countries.

Notre Dame has an alumni network of more than 5,000 professionals around the world.


Notre Dame College Beyond 100

September 18th will begin a year long celebration if its Centennial.

Centennial Opening Celebration

September 18, 2022 | 1 – 4 p.m.
Administration Building Lawn

Why September 18th? On September 18th, 1922, Notre Dame College opened its doors to 13 women and 11 novices.

Join Us For:

  • The 100th Birthday Party for Notre Dame College and the community, featuring food, music, children’s activities and more!
  • Distinguished Notre Dame faculty 20-minute mini-lectures:
    • Sr. Karita Ivancic, SND, D.Min., retiring associate professor of theology, will present “What It Means to Be a Good Person”
    • Louise Prochaska, Ph.D., a 1964 graduate of Notre Dame and professor emerita of theology and women’s studies, provides “20 Minutes to Authentic Happiness”
    • Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, Ph.D., a 1974 graduate of Notre Dame and professor emerita of English, discusses “The History of Notre Dame College and the Sisters of Notre Dame”
    • Roz Scheer-McLeod, M.A., associate professor of health sciences, and Mary Lou Currivan, M.A., retired associate dean of academic programs, share their stories and encourage others to offer their memories in “Reminisce with Roz and Mary”
  • A ceremonial opening of a time capsule from the College’s 75th anniversary
  • Designation of the College Administration Building as a historic landmark in the City of South Euclid (The building already has been designated a National Historic Landmark.)
  • Walking tours of the campus and the Administration Building
  • Live falcon in a Lake MetroParks FarmParks presentation from 2-3 p.m.
  • Cleveland Art Museum’s Studio Go Van with onsite art activities for all ages
  • Live performance from Billy Likes Soda, a Cleveland-area genre- and decade-spanning pop cover band

The daylong ceremony is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Additional programs through September 2023 will be announced in the coming days.

All-Campus Day of Service

Saturday, September 24

Legacy Week

Monday, September 26 to Friday, September 30, 2022

Homecoming and Alumni Reunion

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Centennial 5K Run/Walk

Fall 2022

Fidelia Award Dinner

November 10, 2022

Student Thanksgiving Dinner

November 10, 2022

Abrahamic Distinguished Lecture

November 17, 2022

Campus Christmas Tree Lighting and Candlelight Concert

December 2, 2022

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit

Spring 2023

Centennial Kaleidoscope 2.0

Faculty Mini-Lectures
April 21, 2023

Centennial Alumni Luncheon

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Centennial Gala Dinner

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Centennial Closing Ceremony

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Thank You Sponsors!

Notre Dame College is grateful for the support of the community businesses and organizations committed to the mission and vision of our college. By sponsoring the Notre Dame College Centennial Fund, you will be making a difference in the lives of our students and the community for many years to come. Your sponsorship at any level gives students the opportunity to seek a college degree, providing financial support where federal, state, and institutional merit-based scholarships fall short. We deeply appreciate your generosity.

Presenting Sponsor

Falcon Sponsors

Mary Koryta Erbs ‘64

Jennifer Erbs, WECO ’98

Supporting Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities

Want to sponsor the Notre Dame College Centennial? Learn more about opportunities below.

Falcon Sponsor


  • Listing in the Centennial Gala Program and on Notre Dame College’s Centennial Web Page
  • One (1) invitation to the Centennial Opening Mass and Reception in September 2022
  • One-time use event pass for two (2) individuals
  • Logo and business listing on the Centennial Web Page
  • Four (4) tickets to the closing Centennial Gala in September 2023

Opportunity Sponsor


  • Listing in the Centennial Gala Program and on Notre Dame College’s Centennial Web Page
  • Two (2) tickets to the closing Centennial Gala in September 2023

Supporting Sponsor


  • Listing in the Centennial Gala Program and on Notre Dame College’s Centennial Web Page
  • One (1) ticket to the closing Centennial Gala in September 2023

NDC 100 Sponsor


  • Listing in the Centennial Gala Program and on Notre Dame College’s Centennial Web Page


Volunteer to Serve Behind the Scenes of the Centennial
Email our team to share your interests and availability.

Become a Sponsor to Share in the Northeast Ohio Outreach
Contact NDC’s Development Office to learn about sponsorships.

VP for Advancement
Culeen Carey
Phone: 216.373.5335


Make a Donation in Support of the College’s First and Next 100 Years
Give now to support future Falcons.

Ask Questions About or Provide Feedback on the Celebrations
Get in touch with our Development Office.


Give to Notre Dame College this milestone year. Your gift supports the next generation of students and cements the legacy of Notre Dame College in Northeast Ohio.