One hundred two students received two-year degrees at the first commencement ceremony.
Joy Armstrong Pelley is the first graduate presented with her diploma by Founding President Dr. Stephen W. Nease at MVNC's first commencement on June 15, 1970.
The Eternal Flame provided the perfect venue for concerts by MVNC instrumental ensembles through the years.
Once the Multipurpose Building was constructed, Cougar Athletics had a place to call home.
MVNC Cougar Athletics were strong from the start with the help of cheerleaders to carry the call.
The Eternal Flame was constructed in 1970 as a gift from the Pioneer Class as a memorial to David Nease, the nine-year-old son of founding college president Dr. Stephen Nease.
As MVNC established their presence both in the building phase and in the academic phase, the 1970s became the college’s coming of age years.
Checking out library books looked a little differently in the ’70s, as students weighed their books.
MVNC’s third President Dr. L. Guy Nees enjoyed conversing with students and getting to know the new classes of students.
By the mid-1970s, MVNC had established several singing groups including the singing Collegians Chorale.
The inaugural MVNC Women’s Basketball team was formed during the 77-78 academic year and was coached by Dr. Lora Donoho, the Director of Athletics at the time.
Three years after ground was first broken on campus, this aerial view shows Founders Hall and Faculty Halls in the foreground, Campus Center and the Barn in the center, with Pioneer and Oakwood Halls on the center left and the Multi-Purpose Building and the athletic fields at the back of campus.
The Eternal Flame was not only a generous gift from The Pioneer Class, it also became a popular study spot and gathering place for conversation and community through the years.
The 1970s also brought forth the age of the personal computer which enable students to work faster and more efficiently.
While a formal chapel was the vision from day one at MVNC, students had the time of their lives worshipping in community with one another in the Multipurpose Building.
One of the original Lakeholm Farm buildings, The Barn quickly became a student hangout known as The Cougar Den which overlooks The Grove.