1868

1868

Foundation of Convent of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart at Lake Merritt Campus, Oakland, California

1880

Empowered by the State of California to grant higher degrees

1908

1908

Name of the institution changes to Convent and College of the Holy Names

1910

Secular students admitted to college-level classes for the first time, and the Alumnae Office opens with its new constitution decreeing that the annual meeting should coincide with Founders’ Day (May 10)

1917

Holy Names Junior College formally inaugurated

1925

1925

The senior college opens

1929

First baccalaureate degrees awarded

1930

The first College of the Holy Names’ teacher candidates were credentialed by the State of California

1949

College of the Holy Names becomes one of the charter members of the the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

1955

1955

The co-educational graduate division formally established

1957

1957

The entire college moves from Lake Merritt to the new campus on Mountain Boulevard

1960

Raskob Learning Institute opens

1969

1969

The Kodály music education program opens

1971

The College name changes to Holy Names College and becomes totally co-educational

1977

An interdisciplinary, team-taught program in Humanistic Studies becomes the cornerstone of the undergraduate curriculum

1981

The Weekend College (WECO) opens, offering working adults classes on Friday nights and Saturdays – the first such program west of the Rockies for working adults

1987

1987

The writing across the curriculum program is adopted to ensure that development in writing is a component of all undergraduate programs

1994

The Valley Center for the Performing Arts opens, providing the campus and community with a state-of-the-art facility

1997

1997

The Sophia Center graduate program in Culture and Creation Spirituality begins

2004

The name of the institution is changed to Holy Names University

2007

2007

HNU celebrates its 50th anniversary in the Oakland Hills

2008

HNU celebrates its 140th anniversary in Oakland

2012

HNU’s application to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division II is accepted