Let’s look back in time and find out how this vibrant institution got its start. From the early beginnings in the 1940s to the dynamic campus of today, those who have come before us have been instrumental in the college’s success through the decades.
Read the timeline starting with our founding in the 1940s and scroll through images in our decade photo slideshow. Images were curated from the college's archival materials and facts highlight key moments in college history. To discover additional archival imagery, visit the Daemen Digital Commons. Contact the Alumni Relations office to learn more and schedule a history lesson today.
The Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity purchase Waite House (Rosary Hall) property
Provisional Charter granted to Rosary Hill College July 31, 1947
Mother M. Alphonse Kampshoff, O.S.F. named first president
College opens with 44 students and 13 faculty
Rosary Hall opens
Enrollment is 79
Daemen Hall opens (currently MusicalFare Theatre)
Enrollment is 274
Sister M. Angela Canavan, O.S.F. named second president
Enrollment is 308
Marian Library opens (currently Haberman Gacioch Center for Visual & Performing Arts)
Alverno Hall opens (currently Patricia E. Curtis Hall)
Enrollment is 457
Duns Scotus Hall opens (first half of building)
Enrollment is 739
Lourdes Hall opens (currently Canavan Hall)
First male full-time student enrolled as a transfer student
Duns Scotus Hall opens (second half of building)
Charles J. Wick Campus Center opens
Daemen opens all concentrations to men
Enrollment is 1336
Dr. Robert S. Marshall named third president
First official use of Daemen College
Enrollment is 1454
Lumsden Gymnasium opens
Canavan Hall rededicated (former Lourdes Hall)
Enrollment is 1441
Mary Ann Esposito '64 launches Ciao Italia which is the longest-running television cooking program in America
Schenck Hall opens
Enrollment is 1884
Business Building opens
Dr. Martin J. Anisman named fourth president
Artist Elizabeth Murray hired as an art instructor. This was prior to her international success in the art world.
Enrollment is 1915
Rosary Hall rededicated
Campus Village Apartments opens
Enrollment is 2018
Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education & After-School Programs opens
Enrollment is 2613
Research and Information Commons (RIC) opens
Performer Drake headlines Springfest on April 18, 2009. This was prior to his first prominent single "Best I Ever Had" which was released in June 2009.
Dr. Edwin G. Clausen named fifth president
Haberman Gacioch Center for Visual & Performing Arts opens (former Marian Library)
Dr. Gary A. Olson named sixth president
Academic and Wellness Center opens
College enters NCAA Division II
Gerald Beverly was acquired by the Canton Charge in the NBA G league
Alumni House opens
Honors House Hall opens
Enrollment is 2635
Daemen promoted to the Carnegie Classification of doctoral/professional
"Annie Stoll '08 won a Grammy for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for Squeeze Box"
Anthony J. M. Jones '01 is named and Chairman of Georgia Entertainment Association, Inc
The Center for Interprofessional Learning and Simulation (CILS) is opened
Daemen’s celebrates Virtual Commencement for the Class of 2020
Todd & Leslie Shatkin Institute for Mobility Innovation & Technology (IMIT) opens.
Daemen College is mentioned in the Drake song "The Remorse" from the album "Certified Lover Boy". The lyric, "Daemen College booking me to pull up and speak the facts," acknowledged his 2009 Springfest performance.
Former Professor Elizabeth Murray's "Back in Buffalo" art exhibit highlights the impact of her Buffalo, N.Y. years including her years teaching at the college.