Rockford College Changes Name to Rockford University

Rockford- The Blue tarp is off which means its official. Rockford College is now Rockford University. Mayor Larry Morrissey and State Senator Steve Stadleman on hand.


Hot dogs on the grill, and a sea of purple shirts reading "R U Ready!" as in Rockford University ready. So why the name change?


Rockford University President Robert Head says "number one it reflects who we are. We are a complex institution that offers both undergraduate programs, and second it changes the dynamics of the community a bit as having the public know who we are."


President Robert Head is hoping the name changes removes any confusion as to what Rockford University really is.


Head says "one of the things that frustrates me is when they get calls and contacts for people who are obviously looking for Rock Valley College or Rockford Career College. But never the less, I think it will remove any confusion at all."


He hopes Rockford University will attract more enrollment. Something State Senator Steve Stadleman sees as a positive for the entire community.


Democratic Senator of the 34th District Steve Stadleman says "anything we can do to improve educational opportunities in the work area will boost our workforce and our skills and what we're able to provide. I think that will attract more companies and keep the companies that we have here, and I think Rockford University is a big part of that."


Alum Leah Nelson is thrilled to see the progression her alma mater is making.


Nelson says "the community, I think is going to be really proud to see this change when they understand it. And the alum are certainly most proud of this whole change.


But remembering to say Rockford University instead of Rockford College, well that might take a little getting used to.


Nelson says "as an alum and being familiar with the school sure, we're all going to fall back on those habits I suppose."

For any alumni hoping to have the change made to their diplomas, please contact Rockford University.

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