St. Thomas University changed the name of one of its historic buildings in a ceremony on Wednesday .
The event, which started with a Mass, showed a brief documentary video about the past of the school founded in Miami Gardens in 1961.
Initially named Biscayne College, it was founded by priests and professors who came from Cuba after the Castro government confiscated their University of Saint Thomas of Villanova in Havana and expelled them from the island. The university is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami.
“We are celebrating a new era of the Biscayne College that opened its doors in the ‘60s to many Cuban exiles,” said university spokeswoman María V. Prado.
The event commemorated the late daughter of John Dooner, chairman of the university’s board of trustees, renaming the building that for years was named Kennedy Hall as Mimi Dooner Hall, in honor of Miriam Dooner. The building houses the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. She had devoted her life to photography and graphic design.
“Mimi’s creative spirit and magic are being translated and recognized here at Biscayne College ”, Prado added.
John Dooner, who graduated from the university in 1970, also gave the school an important money donation, which will be used for academic expansion, Prado said.
“We commemorate today Mimi Dooner, who had the same magic sensibility that Biscayne College has,” she said.