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jim sadowski- February 07, 2009 - Report this comment Assumption College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college located on 175 acres in Worcester, Massachusetts. Currently Assumption has an enrollment of approximately 2150 students. The college confers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences degrees in its Undergraduate program, Master of Arts and Masters of Business Administration degrees in its Graduate program, and Associate's degree degrees through its Continuing Education program. The college is primarily overseen by a Board of Trustees which is composed of both lay and clerical members that advise the college president, Francesco Cesareo, Ph. Assumption was founded in the year 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption, a Catholic order under the Augustinian Rule dedicated to service through teaching and the dogma of the Assumption of Mary. The original campus was located in the Greendale section of Worcester, on a tract of hillside land. In these early years, enrollment was exclusively male, primarily of French-Canadian heritage. Most courses were taught in French, with only a small number taught in English. In June 1953, a tornado cut a path of destruction through several Western and Central Massachusetts communities, including the city of Worcester. Several campus buildings were destroyed or severely damaged by this tornado. Although the Assumption Preparatory School stayed on the rebuilt campus until about 1970, the College relocated to a new campus off Salisbury Street, in the West side of the city, officially opening in 1956. The old Assumption campus complex was sold to the state after the prep school closed, and is today the home of Quinsigamond Community College. In 1969, Assumption became a coeducational institution, allowing both laymen and women into the faculty and female students into its programs of study. Centennial festivities began early in January 2004, celebrating the College's 100th year. On February 15, 2007, the Assumption College Board of Trustees announced that Dr. Francesco Cesareo, an American author and historian, would succeed President Thomas R. Plough on July 1, 2007. As the fifteenth president of the institution, Plough oversaw an aggressive 8-year Centennial Campaign which raised over $33 million dollars for campus renovations and construction. Assumption's first effort at continuing education began in 1954 with the founding of the Evening College, later known as the St. Augustine Institute. Non-credit courses were offered two years later with the founding of The Adult Education Center. Both facilities were coeducational and open to the public. Assumption phased out both facilities in the late 1960s. In 1979, Assumption launched a second effort at continuing adult education with the Center for Continuing and Professional Education, renamed in 2007 the Center for Continuing and Career Education. This new facility combines the credited courses of the old Evening College and the non-credit work of the Adult Education Center into one office. The Center celebrated its 25th anniversary in the same year as the undergraduate College's Centennial.
Paul Andersen- December 17, 2010 - Report this comment
Anyone remember the wonderful Assumption Prep? Understand when it closed and was sold to the State the funds went to Assumption College.
Robin- April 07, 2012 - Report this comment
I saw the Jefferson Airplane perform there in 1969 and the Youngbloods (I think) in 1970.
Phil Stone- February 08, 2015 - Report this comment
Grew up near Assumption. Played touch football with friends at the front, I remember the Orange fish in the pond, working the yard markers during football games, and saw a Dr. John concert there in the 1970's.
kenny-the midnight Toker- January 30, 2021 - Report this comment
cannot tell u the year- but the only time i ever was on the premises- was to see Jeff. Airplane as well- if u say it was 1969- I will believe- way back in the bleachers- with the light show- projected on white fabric- joints passed freely-but I promise- I was too wasted to Inhale - cough-Cough

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