Iona Celebrates First Birthday as a University

 Iona University hosted a spirited celebration on September 19 to commemorate its transition to a University, marking its 82nd birthday since its founding and its first as a University. Gathered on the University’s new Murphy Green in the heart of campus, students, faculty and staff came together to enjoy food, music, games and giveaways, officially ushering in a new chapter for the prestigious institution.  


“Becoming a University was a historic milestone for the entire Iona community, and it deserved to be celebrated together,” said Seamus Carey, Ph.D., president of Iona University. “The energy on campus right now is exhilarating. We look forward to another successful year ahead as we continue to expand opportunities for students and open the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences on our new second campus in Bronxville.”  


The celebration kicked off with Iona’s award-winning pipe band, who later performed again alongside the University’s dance team for a prideful display of Gael spirit. Iona’s dynamic and newly expanded pep band, an instrumental ensemble, also performed. Meanwhile, members of Iona’s athletic teams also participated in the festivities, and attendees received exclusive Iona University-branded giveaways including t-shirts, pennants, customized Crocs charms and more.  


Iona officially became a University on July 1, 2022, reflecting its growth as an institution and the academic excellence that distinguishes an Iona education. Learn more about this historic milestone here: