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1534 - 1877

From the Old World to the Texas Frontier

1878 - 1949

Setting Down Roots

Ring Ceremony
  • Student Life

A dramatic part of the symbolic Ring Ceremony occurs as each recipient walks through a six-foot ring (sometimes silver, sometimes gold). This type of Ring Ceremony took place from 1948-1966.

Pictured: Ring Ceremony, 1950
  • 1948
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Establishing Tradition

  • Campus Growth
  • Milestones

Five acres, including a two-story house and pool, is purchased from the Sailer family for $125,000. The residence becomes St. Joseph’s Hall, housing the President’s Office, Advancement, Alumnae, and Volunteer Offices. The estate and property that housed Merici is sold.

  • 1963
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1980 - 1999

Growth and Innovation

Anytime Anywhere Learning Laptop Program
  • Milestones
  • Student Life

Ursuline is one of only six schools in the U.S. to pioneer the Anytime Anywhere Learning laptop program. A million-dollar technology grant from the William H. Gates Foundation places Ursuline at the cutting edge of the electronics information age.

Pictured: The Class of 2000: The first computer of Ursuline's 1:1 Laptop Program, a Toshiba Satellite 400CS. It came with Windows 95, 8MB of memory, a 770MB hard drive, and 75MHz processor.
  • 1995
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Silver Centennial
  • Milestones

On January 24, a joyful crowd gathers in the Westin Ballroom to celebrate the Silver Centennial of Ursuline. A video presentation of the 125-year history sets the stage for the solemn and deeply moving liturgy.

Pictured: A quilt made to commemorate the 125th Anniversary, the Silver Centennial, 1999

  • 1999
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2000 - 2024

Leaders in a Global Society

  • Campus Growth
  • Milestones

At dedication ceremonies on September 9, a new era begins with successful completion of all Campaign for Ursuline construction and renovation projects, giving students access to world-class facilities including the new East Campus buildings, renovated dining hall, office spaces, chapel, and sports center.

  • 2023
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