(Washington, D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution honoring Gonzaga University on its 125th anniversary. Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell and Sen. Patty Murray introduced the resolution adopted by unanimous consent Sunday night, according to a news release from Murray's office.
The complete text of the resolution follows.
Honoring Gonzaga University on its 125th anniversary.
Whereas, in 1881, at the request of the citizens of the City of Spokane Falls, Washington, Father Joseph Cataldo, S.J., a Jesuit from the Rocky Mountain Mission, committed to establishing a school along the banks of the Spokane River;
Whereas, on September 17, 1887, Gonzaga College officially opened its doors with an inaugural class of 18 students;
Whereas Gonzaga College, known today as Gonzaga University, has grown into a nationally recognized 4-year liberal arts university, where nearly 8,000 students can chose from more than 75 fields of study, select from 25 master's degree programs, and pursue doctoral degrees in law and leadership studies;
Whereas Gonzaga University is repeatedly listed as one of the best comprehensive regional universities in the western United States, is ranked second in the United States among small universities for alumni serving in the Peace Corps, and consistently earns a place on the President's Higher Education and Community Service Honor Roll;
Whereas Gonzaga University invests more than $60,000,000 annually in scholarships and in financial assistance to its students; and
Whereas notable Gonzaga alumni include a former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, a Governor of the State of Washington and the first female Attorney General of the State of Washington, the current Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives, judges of the United States district courts, and members of the Washington State Supreme Court: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate—
(1) honors Gonzaga University on its 125th anniversary;
(2) celebrates the commitment of Gonzaga University to its students and to educating the whole individual, including the mind, body, and spirit;
(3) applauds Gonzaga University for its dedication to instilling the importance of service
to others and civic engagement; and
(4) congratulates the students, staff, faculty, alumni, and supporters of Gonzaga University for their many contributions in the United States and abroad.