History Timeline

Important dates in the history of St. Vincent’s College.


1905

St. Vincent’s Hospital Training School for Nurses admits its first class.  A nation of immigrants builds its first hospitals and begins training nurses.


1908

The first Commencement is held at Loews Poli Theater in downtown Bridgeport on June 28, 1908.


1915

The first Nursing Residence was opened.  Prior to that time students lived and worked in the hospital.


1946

The School of Nursing Building, Nurses Homes and new auditorium in the beginning of the post-war years.


1949

4th Annual Rose Garden Ceremony.


1950

Tuition in 1954 took a jump to $206.00 a year.


1956

During the 1950’s,  St. Vincent’s was listed among the leading nursing schools in the country with an enrollment of over 200.


1967

The 60’s would bring large social and cultural changes that challenged the traditional roles of women.


1971

Anelia Kerbelis, named first lay woman, Director of the School of Nursing.


1984

The School launched its innovated 23 month Nursing Program.


1992

Last graduating class of the Evening Division of the School of Nursing.


1993

President Anne T. Avallone and Governor Lowell Weicker sign an act authorizing the College to award Associate Degrees, completing the transition from School of Nursing to St. Vincent’s College. First Associate Degrees in Nursing awarded.


1997

First Associate Degrees in Radiography awarded.


1998

Continuing Education Office established for certificate programs.


2004

Dr. John K. Fisher installed as President, St. Vincent’s College.


2008

Dr. Martha K. Shouldis installed as President, St. Vincent’s College.


2013

First Bachelor Degrees awarded in both Nursing and Radiologic Sciences.