The Cavite State University, (CvSU) (Filipino: Pamantasang Estado ng Kabite), is a university in the province of Cavite in the Philippines. Its 72-hectare (180-acre) main campus, known as the Don Severino de las Alas Campus, is located in the Municipality of Indang, Cavite about 60 km (37 mi) southwest of Manila. The educational institution has ten other campuses spread all over the province.
The school was established initially as an intermediate school by the Thomasites, a group of American teachers brought by the United States during the early part of the American colonial period to revamp the system of education in the country. By 1964, the school has grown into a college known as the Don Severino Agricultural College (DSAC). It became a university on January 22, 1998, and was renamed as the Cavite State University.
Since then, the university has grown offering close to 100 curricular programs in the undergraduate and graduate levels. It has more than 25,000 students and 1,200 faculty and staff from all eleven campuses.
The state university was first established by the Thomasites as an intermediate school, named Indang Intermediate School in 1906 with C.E. Workman its first principal. Subsequently, Americans Henry Wise and Joseph Coconower succeeded Workman as the school's principal. In 1915, the school had its first Filipino principal, Mariano Mondeniedo. The school's focused on vocational agriculture for boys and domestic science for girls. In 1918, the name of the school was changed to Indang Farming School.
As enrollment increased, the school site was expanded through the land donations of the citizens of Indang, including Francisco Ocampo and Don Severino de las Alas, Secretary of Interior during the Aguinaldo cabinet. In 1927, the school was renamed Indang Rural High School, during the incumbency of principal Simeon Madlangsakay. It first offered a secondary courses in vocational agriculture in 1923 and Home Economics in 1927.
In recognition of the generosity of Don Severino de las Alas to the community, the province of Cavite and the nation, the name of the institution was changed to Don Severino National Agricultural School in 1958 by a congressional action.
The agricultural school was converted into a state college in 1964 by virtue of Republic Act No. 3917. Under this Act, the school was given its own charter and became known as Don Severino Agricultural College (DSAC).
In 1967, Santiago M. Rolle was appointed as the first college president. In 1971, Certificate in Technical Agriculture was offered. Dr. Sotero L. Lasap designed a new logo for DSAC in 1978. Its shape is like a spaceship supposed to symbolize carrying DSAC to its desired destination.
During the preparatory stage from 1983–1987, Dr. Ruperto S Sangalang became the officer-in-charge and he was the president of CVSU for the longest period.
The transition stage from 1988–1992 strengthened the instructional, research and extension programs through the implementation of the Institutional Development Assistance and Cooperation Project.
Following a "universityhood" campaign period from 1993-1998, the school became a university on January 22, 1998 by virtue of the Republic Act No. 8468 and was renamed as the Cavite State University(CvSU), elevating its four schools into colleges.
In 2002, Cavite College of Fisheries (CACOF) in Naic and Cavite College of Arts and Trade (CCAT) in Rosario were integrated into the Cavite State University system to become the CSU College of Fisheries and the CSU College of Arts and Trade, respectively. The Cavite City campus was launched in 2001, and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed for the establishment of the Carmona campus in 2002. Subsequently established are new campuses in other parts of Cavite - Imus campus (est. 2003), Trece Martires campus (est. 2005), Silang campus (est. 2006), Tanza campus (est. 2007), Bacoor campus (est. 2008) and Gen. Trias campus (est.2012).
In 2015, CvSU opened its 12th campus in the Municipality of Maragondon, by virtue of an agreement between former Provincial Governor Juanito Victor Remulla and University President Divinia C. Chavez.
The Laya at Diwa brass artwork displayed at the main entrance to the Don Severino de las Alas Campus in Indang which is meant to represent the university's vision of "truth, excellence and service". The monument is a creation of Jonnel P. Castrillo of Imus, Cavite. It was inaugurated on December 15, 2006 by Senator Edgardo J. Angara on the occasion of the university's centenary celebration.
There are five basic elements in the artwork together with the symbolic figures, which are subject to one's interpretation. The first is the unchained female figure, holding a book, her arms interlocked with the male figure. The male figure holds a pen and a torch. The flame of the torch carries the letters CvSU for Cavite State University. The child figure, in a dynamic pose atop the pillar behind the male & female figure, reaching out a dove, the universal symbol peace and freedom.
The central pillar is deeply rooted in history as depicted by the murals on the sides of the base. The murals show the important historical events that took place in the province of Cavite and throughout the Philippines showing Filipino's life and spirit under imperial Spain and other colonizers including their continuing struggle for freedom and independence. Laya at Diwa is mounted on a CvSU logo-shaped base.