July 21, 2014

CALGARY – St. Mary's University College has received provincial government approval to change its name to St. Mary's University.

"The name change has been long-awaited and is very welcome," said Dr. Gerry Turcotte, St. Mary's president.

"St. Mary's is not a college in any respect," Turcotte said. "It is fully accredited to deliver undergraduate university degrees and a bachelor of education after-degree."

Turcotte was instrumental in negotiating the approval for the change in name, although he points out that the new designation is not "a category change."

"St. Mary's is already a university and has been awarding university degrees since 2004," he said. "The name change acknowledges this reality and removes unnecessary confusion in the community about the status of our students' degrees."

Turcotte said the decision "owes much to the vision and leadership of Premier Dave Hancock" who approved the name change.

It also is a testament to "the huge role that the independent institutions play in the post-secondary system," he said.

St. Mary's is a 28-year-old Catholic post-secondary liberal arts and sciences teaching and research institution.

It offers bachelor of arts, science and education (elementary) degrees as well as courses in 35 academic disciplines.

For more information, visit www.stmu.ca.