Welcome to the official website of MVNU’s 50th Anniversary!
Together we tell our story from founding days to the present through the voices and landmark moments of the university’s seven presidents, notable alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. Together we share the history, legacy, and vision that defined who we are and shaped our purpose and mission. This is just the first part of our journey leading up to the fall where we will explore the second 25 years.
On Oct. 12 we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first day of MVNC classes with a special chapel service and other exciting activities throughout the day! The Mount Vernon community joined us as we celebrated how our community helped bring MVNU to life! Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis was one of the special guests in chapel this day. Here are some photos of the day.
Highlights: A special community chapel, 10:15 a.m., R.R. Hodges Chapel Auditorium | The Stephen W. Nease Center Ribbon Cutting, 1:30 p.m., 104 S. Main Street | Stephen W. Nease Center; Open House, 2-7 p.m.
Homecoming was the pinnacle event for MVNU's 50th anniversary, including celebratory Cougar Basketball, the MVNU Alumni Experience, the fall play, and more! Visit this link for Homecoming photos!
The Mount Vernon Church of the Nazarene congregations, along with MVNU alumni, students, and guests, joined in one, united service, celebrating the work of God through our church and university community. This service was highlighted by General Superintendent Emeritus Dr. Jesse Middendorf's message of congratulations and challenge for the next 50 years.
On November 10 the Donoho Recreation Center was transformed into a lighted display with live music, award presentations, and enlivening entertainment for the Golden Gala event. At this event it was announced the "Project 50" since renamed the Soccer and Lacrosse Stadium. For photos of the Gala please visit this link!
Mount Vernon Nazarene University presented the 51st annual performance of G. F. Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, Dec. 2 in the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium on the MVNU campus. For photos of the event please visit this link!
This was the beginning. New buildings, new faces, new experiences met the Pioneer Class as they arrived at MVNC. Excitement mingled with anticipation, hours of work and prayer, the old and the new, the constant, the special, all combined to form the miracle of the beginning.
From the first four-year degrees to formal accreditation, MVNC grew with each passing year in academics, spiritual life, and community. Construction was a main focus for the development of the campus and new leadership made sacrificial progress that forged a way for those to come.
Coming into its own, MVNC grew in identity as it maintained steady growth in enrollment, noteworthy athletic achievements, and finalized plans to construct the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium and Fine Arts Center. This lifelong vision of its founders became a reality as the college celebrated its 20th Anniversary.
The last decade of the 20th century was just another starting point for MVNC. From the 25th Anniversary to the development of a robust and strategic building plan, the college kept moving forward through faith, support, and purpose.
After celebrating 25 years of Christian higher education, Mount Vernon Nazarene College just kept growing. From an increase to enrollment and an emphasis on new academic programs, residential and academic facilities were constructed to fulfill the needs of students, faculty and staff.