CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd College's new name - Shepherd University - has quietly gone into effect.
But the celebrations are expected soon.
School officials began using the new name March 13 after the Legislature approved the name change, Shepherd University President David L. Dunlop said Wednesday.
A formal ceremony, including an appearance by Gov. Bob Wise, is expected to be held to celebrate the name change, Dunlop said.
Dunlop said the school probably will have another celebration in the fall for returning students and faculty.
Last year, Shepherd officials began working to change the school's name because they said the trend in higher education is that schools that refer to themselves as colleges tend to be those that offer two year-degrees.