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Nazareth transitions to university status  

Nazareth transitions to university status  

Nazareth unveiled a new name and updated logo this week in honor of its official transition to Nazareth University.  

The name change – which legally went into effect at midnight on June 1 – comes as the school prepares to celebrate its 100th year in 2024.  

“In so many ways, Nazareth has already been operating as a university – providing a diverse array of high-quality university-level degree programs and opportunities – for much of its history,” said Beth Paul, Nazareth president. “The opportunity to spread our wings and soar into the future as a university has finally arrived, and today is the final milestone in this transformation.” 

Nazareth’s application to transition to a university designation was approved by the New York State Board of Regents in February.  

The school was founded in 1924 by five members of the Sisters of St. Joseph, or SSJ, who responded to the needs of the time and created Nazareth for positive social change to give women a voice and a chance at higher education. Nazareth became co-ed and legally independent of the religious congregation in the early 1970s but continues to honor the Nazareth legacy and the passion of its founders.  

Nazareth University is on the cusp of its 100th anniversary in 2024 and starts a two-year centennial celebration this fall when the inaugural class of Nazareth University students arrive on campus. 

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