Celebrate the Opening of the 2016-17 Academic Year!


The University of St.Thomas will kick off the 2016-17 academic year with a host of traditional events for students, faculty and staff.  These events will be held on the St. Paul Campus unless otherwise noted:

Tuesday, September 6

March Through the Arches  11 a.m., lower quadrangle
Welcome the newest St. Thomas students!  New first-year, transfer and international students will gather on the Summit Avenue side of the Arches at 10:45 a.m.  After a brief welcome from university President Julie Sullivan, Vice President for Enrollment Management Daniel Meyer, and Undergraduate Student Government President Mayzer Muhammad, students will walk through the Arches to the applause of faculty, staff, fellow students and some families.

To welcome the new students, line the sidewalks from the arches all the way to the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex.

Welcoming Assembly and Interfaith Blessing  11:30 a.m., Schoenecker Arena, Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex
All students faculty and staff are welcome to gather in the arena to mark the beginning of the new academic year.

Opening Picnic John P. Monahan Plaza, following the Welcoming Assembly and Interfaith Blessing (rainsite: Field House)
New students will be served first at this annual picnic on the John P. Monahan Plaza, located on the lower quad outside the Anderson Student Center.  All other food-service locations will be closed during the picnic.

President's Opening Convocation 1:30 p.m., O'Shaughnessy Educational Center (OEC) Auditorium
All faculty and staff are welcome to attend President Sullivan's annual academic convocation.  Faculty in academic garb traditionally process into the auditorium and will be seated on the main floor.  Balcony seating will be open to staff.


Wednesday, September 7

Minneapolis Campus Opening Celebration Luncheon 12:30-1:30 p.m., Schulze Grand Atrium, School of Law, Minneapolis Campus
Minneapolis campus faculty and staff are invited to join President Sullivan for a buffet luncheon to celebrate the new academic year.


Thursday, September 8

Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit  Noon, Chapel of St.Thomas Aquinas
All are welcome to attend the Opening Mass.  Archbishop Bernard Hebda will preside.


Video of the 2015 March through Arches to the Interfaith Blessing