In 1954, Assumption Hall opened and became Duquesne’s first residence hall. At the time it was an all-female residence hall. On Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, Assumption Hall celebrated “60 years of Collegiate Community.” Assumption residents, Duquesne employees and students joined in the celebration, which took place in the Assumption lobby. Older photographs from the 1950’s adorned the Assumption lobby.
The celebration started with Assumption Hall resident director Nicholas DuBos giving a short history of Duquesne’s residence halls and the importance of Assumption Hall being built in 1954. Father Sean Hogan, Executive Vice-President of Student Life, gave a beautiful invocation and Sharon G. Oelschlager, Director of Residence Life, also spoke about the importance of Assumption Hall and how its presence enhances the residential community.
The program included comments by Dr. Connie Ramirez, class of 1958, who resided in Assumption Hall and shared some of her reflections and memories. Dr. Ramirez taught at Duquesne and then became the Dean of the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts in 1994 until 2004. Dr. Ramirez was also a founding member of the Duquesne Honors College and its first Director. Assumption Hall has now been the home of the Honors College for several decades.
Adding student perspectives were Katherine Hancock, Sociology major and Assumption Resident Assistant, class of 2015 and Molly Graveno, Pharmacy major and Assumption Hall Council President, class of 2019. Susan Hepburn, Assumption resident and Vocal Performance major, class of 2018, led the audience in the singing of the Duquesne alma mater.
As the audience enjoyed refreshments, including a beautiful commemorative cake, the event concluded with the unveiling of a new banner, which will adorn the Assumption lobby for years to come. Every attendee, as well as Assumption Hall residents, also received a beautiful commemorative Assumption Hall Christmas ornament.