UMW Dedicates Dahlgren Campus

The University of Mary Washington will dedicate its Dahlgren Campus Center for Education and Research on Friday, Feb. 17. Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates and 28th District Delegate William J. Howell will be the featured speaker. The dedication ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. at the Dahlgren campus and is open to the public.

The university’s third campus, which opened on Jan. 3, 2012, is designed to support the advanced educational needs of the professionals on and near the Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren. Located just outside the Navy base in King George County, the 27-acre campus was under construction since the summer of 2010. The Dahlgren campus serves as an anchor for the development of educational and research partnerships between the Navy base, higher education partner institutions and the region’s employers.  The Commonwealth of Virginia tapped the University of Mary Washington to lead this project due to the university’s geographic proximity to Dahlgren and King George County.

Along with Del. Howell, special guests will include representatives from the Virginia General Assembly, Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration, the 1st Congressional District of Virginia, the King George County Board of Supervisors and the Naval Support Facility plan to attend the ceremony.

Four Virginia public universities currently offer Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program video teleconference-based graduate engineering courses at the two-story, 42,000-square-foot building – George Mason, Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth and Virginia Tech, as well as the Naval Postgraduate School. The Naval War College currently offers its Fleet Seminar Program and Germanna and Rappahannock community colleges are expected to provide courses later this year. Depending on demand, graduate and undergraduate programs in science, engineering, technology, mathematics and other related fields will be offered. Workforce development programs and educational services will be offered on an as-needed basis.

For more information or to RSVP for the dedication ceremony, contact the UMW Office of Events and Conferencing at

The University of Mary Washington is a premier, selective public liberal arts and sciences university in Virginia, highly respected for its commitment to academic excellence, strong undergraduate liberal arts and sciences program, and dedication to life-long learning. The university, with a total enrollment of nearly 5,000, features colleges of business, education and arts and sciences, and three campuses, including a residential campus in Fredericksburg, Va., a second one in nearby Stafford and a third in Dahlgren, Va., which serves as a center of development of educational and research partnerships between the Navy, higher education institutions and the region’s employers. In recent years, the university has seen its academic reputation garner national recognition in numerous selective guidebooks, including Forbes, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and the Princeton Reviews edition of “The Best 376 Colleges.”

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News release prepared by: Brynn Boyer

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.