The highlight event of Manhattan’s centennial anniversary was held on April 25, 1953. Cardinal Spellman official blessed and dedicated the new Hayden Science Hall and the board of trustees made a special presentation to Mr. J. Willard Hayden. The College had received a half million dollar gift from the Charles Hayden Foundation to finance the new science building.
The whirlwind day, which began with a Pontifical Mass in De La Salle Chapel that paid an eloquent tribute to the prelates, pastors, Christian Brothers and laymen who during one hundred years had built up Manhattan College, continued with an Academic Convocation. Six honorary degrees were conferred on prominent men in religion, business, engineering, medicine and education. The St. La Salle, Manhattan College and Brothers’ Boy medals were also awarded.