Emmanuel College Anniversary

“Emmanuel! Where is that college [sic], anyway?” –H. Genevieve Lynch ‘23


On September 19, 1919 Emmanuel College, the first all-women Catholic College in New England, opened its doors to twenty-nine women who were meet by Dean of the College, Sr. Helen Madeline Ingraham. Sr. Ingraham led the women in a prayer before registering them for the fall semester. In the early years of the College, there was only one building on campus—the Administration Building—that served three functions. It served as the schoolhouse of the College, the Academy of Notre Dame and as a convent of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Despite these close quarters, the College flourished, and by 1928 there were several student clubs, daily assemblies, a honor code and a graduate school. In the words of Sr. Ingraham, these activities were able “to provide young persons with an opportunity to live, to learn, to love more intelligently.”


Administration Building c. 1923.


Senior Line 1923


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