The first commencement at Nevada Southern University (UNLV) was on Wednesday June 3, 1964. Jon Eric Cobain was the President of the Class of 1964 and received the first diploma.
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The first university building constructed on Maryland Parkway was Maude Frazier Hall. It was constructed in 1957.
There have been three names for the university in the last 50 years. The first was the Southern Regional Division of the University of Nevada in 1957. Next, it was renamed Nevada Southern University in 1965. Finally, it was renamed the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1969.
The first campus officer to have the title president was Donald Moyer in 1964. However, William D. Carlson was the first Director or Executive Officer for the Southern Regional Division of the University of Nevada in 1957. 1957 was the year that the first university building was constructed on Maryland Parkway. The campus would eventually be renamed the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1969.
The original mascot for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) was “Beauregard.” This mascot was created in 1957. It was a wolf dressed in what looked like a Confederate Civil War uniform.
The University Archives in Special Collections is the repository for the permanent records of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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