Del Mar College's Viking mascot learned his new name Thursday as the college celebrated their birthday!

More than 850 names were submitted by the community starting in September, and students voted out of the top 16 proposed names. They voted during three brackets with a final bracket ending Saturday, Nov. 11.

And the name they chose -- Valdar!

The Viking was first recognized as Del Mar College's mascot in 1939 and remained ever since. Their current mascot, the first physical mascot implemented by the college, arrived there April 27 and was in need of a name.

“The ‘Name the Viking’ contest has provided another level of student engagement to expand their collegiate experience here on campus,” said Dr. Rito Silva, vice president of Student Affairs who led the College’s Mascot Development Committee. “We’re establishing new traditions, and The Viking is an important part of those activities and a symbol of pride for our students.”

Here's a cool bit of information -- Del Mar College worked with Raymond Entertainment owner Dave Raymond to develop Valdar's character, and Raymond was the original Phillie Phanatic, mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies.

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