On Sept. 8, St. Thomas welcomed 1,651 new Tommies with the annual March Through the Arches. President Julie Sullivan proclaimed the day was special, not only because of the Class of 2019, but also because on Sept. 8, 1885, Archbishop John Ireland welcomed the first class of 62 to what is now known as the University of St. Thomas.
The march was followed by an assembly and blessing, and a campus-wide picnic. Sullivan also delivered her first academic convocation address on the Minneapolis campus. The day wrapped up with a viewing of “Inside Out” on the football field.
Students laugh together as they march through the Arches.
Brazilian international student Gustavo Faria takes a selfie with Tommie before the March Through the Arches.
Undergraduate Student Government President Michael Gaytko addresses incoming students.
Indeed you are.
The platform party enters Schoenecker Arena to address incoming students during the opening welcome and blessing ceremony.
Megan Hastings throws a football on the lower quadrangle during the opening celebration picnic.
The March Through the Arches.
Students eat their food in front of Aquinas Hall during the opening celebration picnic.
Keeke the dog sports a purple bandana.
Students watch a movie on the O’Shaughnessy Stadium video screen.
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