Assumption University marked 165 years on Saturday celebrating its legacy as proudly Catholic institute of higher learning.
The university, first founded as Assumption College in 1857, held a service and reception Saturday and awarded three Windsor luminaries honorary degrees.
“There is an ancient proverb that explains a society will grow great when the first generation plants seeds knowing full well they will never have the opportunity to sit underneath its branches or enjoy its fruit,” said John Cappucci, president of Assumption University.
“We are here today because 165 years ago a group of individuals planted seeds for an institute of higher learning. ”
Patti France, president of St. Clair College, received a Doctor of Laws honoris causa for her contributions to education in Windsor and Essex County. The late George McMahon Sr., a University of Windsor history professor and author, will be posthumously awarded the 165th anniversary Jubilee Medal for his services to Assumption University. His medal was accepted by Dorothy McMahon on behalf of her late husband. Lawyer Carl Cohen will be presented with the Fr. Eugene Carlisle LeBel CSB Award for service to Assumption University and the community.
Cappucci also introduced two new, $ 10,000 Christian studies scholarships he created in celebration of his grandfathers and in celebration of the school’s future.
Bishop Ronald Fabbro, Diocese of London and a chancellor of Assumption University, presided over Saturday’s service.
“Assumption could not be what it has achieved today without many laypeople who believed in the mission of Assumption and have contributed towards it,” Fabbro said in thanks.
“We’ll all be back here in a few years celebrating the 200th years of this great institution.”