Dear Members of the Villanova Community,
The principles of Veritas, Unitas, and Caritas were central concepts for St. Augustine, and are the foundation upon which the Irish friars established Villanova University 175 years ago. Today, these ideals continue to shape who we are as a community, and propel us into the future.
As we celebrate this significant milestone in Villanova’s history, let us continue to frame every decision we make in these values. Let us honor the generations of Villanovans who came before us, and create an impressive future for those who come after us. And let this demisemiseptcentennial* be a celebration of the Villanova community that has transformed hearts and minds and ignited change for the past 175 years.
I look forward to more than a year of special events, programs and exhibits that highlight our history and impact as the nation’s Augustinian Catholic University, and celebrating what makes Villanova, Villanova with all of you.
Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD
A centennial is a 100th anniversary, but what is a 175th anniversary? It's a demisemiseptcentennial, of course! Demisemiseptcentennial is literally one-half (demi-) x one-half (semi-) x seven (sept-) x 100 years (centennial).
Happy demi-semi-sept-centennial anniversary, Villanova!