On Wednesday, September 15, Cardinal Roger Mahony of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles presided over the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Attending this special Mass held in the College's Chapel were students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. The Mass of the Holy Spirit is part of a long tradition, dating from the founding of the first European universities in the Middle Ages, and is offered at the start of the academic year.
Cardinal Mahony visits Marymount and Celebrates Mass of the Holy Spirit
"This is a special year for Marymount College," said President Dr. Michael Brophy. The Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges granted Marymount its Bachelor of Arts accreditation in February. This fall, the College offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Business, Media Studies and Liberal Arts.
Marymount welcomed more than 750 students - 40 to the baccalaureate program - at the start of the school year. These impressive enrollment numbers are within the Rancho Palos Verdes city-mandated cap of 793 students, and represent an increase of about 25 percent over last year’s enrollment.
"We experienced great enrollment growth, which is a very good sign for the College. We attribute this growth to the new baccalaureate programs," said Dr. Brophy.
The College has hired faculty and staff members to accommodate the bachelor's programs and enrollment growth. In addition to the Bachelor of Arts programs, new developments on campus include men’s and women’s soccer teams with membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the addition of a study-abroad program with exciting worldwide locations, such as the Netherlands and China.