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Historical Timeline

1890

 

Dominican College is founded by Dominican Sisters of California. 

1917

Dominican becomes first Catholic college in California to award the bachelor’s degree to women.

1918

To house students, Meadowlands, summer home of the Michael de Young family is purchased. The first floor of the building is used for classrooms and the two upper stories are converted into living quarters for students.

1922

Angelico Hall is built to serve as a music conservatory.

1924

The State Board of Education empowers Dominican to recommend candidates for public school teaching credentials, thus enabling Dominican students to teach in California public schools. 

1926

Dominican is placed on the approved list of the Association of American Universities.

1930

  • Guzman Hall is built for academic and administrative purposes.
  • "The Wedding Cantata" by Bach, in the George Shumann edition, is played for the first time in American in Angelico Hall. 

1943

Keats’ “Ode To A Grecian Urn,” dramatized with a musical score by Giulio Silva, premieres in Angelico Hall with an all-student cast.

1950


Dominican opens its graduate program to men. 

1958

Pennafort, a residence hall, opens.

1959

Caleruega, a dinning hall and kitchen opens. 

1963

Archbishop Alemany Library opens.

1971


Dominican becomes fully coeducational.

1990

Nursing program receives accreditation from the National League for Nursing.

2000


Dominican College of San Rafael is slated to become Dominican University of California at the beginning of the 2000-2001 academic year. The new name recognizes Dominican's status as a university with graduate degree programs, a diverse student body, and a global perspective. 

2001

Conlan Recreation Center opens.

2006


Debut of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in association with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet.    

2007

  • The Green MBA (Master of Business Administration in Sustainable Enterprise), the first of its kind in the United States, is offered at Dominican. Dominican also becomes home to the Environmental Finance Center for EPA Region 9, giving students opportunities to work on green business programs and other environmental projects impacting businesses in California, Arizona, Hawaii, and Nevada. 2007—More than 2,000 students and faculty from 300 colleges throughout the United States participate in the 21st Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Dominican.
  • The $21 million, 35,000-foot Science Center, opens.

2009

After competing for years, in NAIA athletics, Dominican applies and is accepted for NCAA Division II membership in athletics. 

2010

  • Dominican, the smallest university in California ever to host a California Governor’s debate.The gubernatorial debate between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman at Angelico Hall is moderated by NBC’s Tom Brokaw and televised live statewide.
  • Dominican completes an $8 million restoration of the 123-year-old Edgehill Mansion into the Dominican Heritage and Alumni House.

2012

Largest university gift from university Trustee Rolf Lewis and family enables the university to embark on a major renovation of Meadowlands Hall into a state-of-the art academic facility, to house the Department of Nursing and the Department of Occupational Therapy. 
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