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Villanova Becomes a University



Decree, Villanova University

This decree was granted on 18 November 1953 by The Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County and marked the beginning of Villanova’s legal existence as a university. Depicted in the illuminated capital "A" are from left to right: Reverend Francis X.N. McGuire, O.S.A., D.D.; Reverend Joseph M. Dougherty, O.S.A., Ph.D.; and Reverend James A. Donnellon, O.S.A., Ph.D.

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