St. Thomas kicked off a new academic year with a Welcome Days program that included educational and entertaining programs for first-year students during their first few days on campus.
First-year students attended sessions on academic success, community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and interpersonal relationships. Students also took part in social activities and St. Thomas traditions, all designed to help them feel part of the St. Thomas community.
Most of the 1,217 freshmen living on campus moved into their residence halls Sept. 2.
Father Patrick Tobin
directs traffic in the Flynn Hall parking lot.
Stacked boxes stand in Ireland Hall.
Furniture assembly is a staple activity of move-in day.
Sully’s Crew was on hand to whisk students’ belongings to their rooms.
Tommie was everywhere on move-in day.
Most of the 1,217 freshmen living on campus moved in on Sept. 2.
President Julie Sullivan poses for a selfie with members of Sully’s Crew.
The Great Tommie Get-together
Palmer Field was filled with more than 1,100 first-year students at the Great Tommie Get-together, a fast-paced get-to-know-you event on Sept. 3.
There are slightly more males in this year’s class: 52 percent men to 48 percent women.
Four students in the incoming class maintained a perfect attendance record in high school.
The average GPA for the freshman class is 3.60.
Students participate in “The Great Tommie Get-together,” a mass ice breaker activity on Sept. 3.
The average ACT score of the incoming class is 27, the first time in St. Thomas history that the incoming class has achieved that average.
First-year students take part in Headphone Disco in which participants dance to two different soundtracks that only they can hear via wireless headphones.
Lights on the John P. Monahan Plaza glow in the background as students dance during Headphone Disco.
Roofs were raised, moves were busted during Headphone Disco on the John P. Monahan Plaza Sept. 3.
It was a fight song, a take-back-my-life song, a prove-I’m-all right song.
Welcome Assembly and Interfaith Blessing, and Academic Convocation
Student, faculty and staff filled Schoenecker Arena during the Opening Celebration and Interfaith Blessing, while just a few hours later faculty processed across the lower quad to President Julie Sullivan’s annual academic convocation.
Student a cappella group Cadenza performs during the welcoming assembly.
New faculty receive applause as they walk past the Arches at the academic convocation procession
This year’s incoming class has 52 international students.
Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit
Archbishop Bernard Hebda presided at the Opening Mass in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on Sept. 8.
Students fill the chapel balcony.
Hebda greets students following the Mass.
Congregants fill the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Passing the peace.
Archbishop Bernard Hebda celebrated the Mass.
March Through the Arches
First-year students walk through the Arches and into the quad while surrounded by St. Thomas community members who applauded them. March Through the Arches is a Tommie tradition that began in 2000. It usually takes place the day before classes begin, but due to inclement weather it was held Sept. 8 in the evening.
Undergraduate Student Government President Mayzer Muhammad leads the procession.
International students hold the flags of their home countries.