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Presidential Inauguration

Inauguration Highlights

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Inaugural Mass Photo Gallery

Highlights from the May 12, 2023 inaugural mass at the Chapel of St.Thomas Aquinas.

Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas


Archbishop Hebda

Father Dease

President Vischer and wife, Maureen

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Inauguration Ceremony Photo Gallery

Highlights from the May 12, 2023 inauguration ceremony of Robert K. Vischer.

St. Thomas Board of Trustees Marching in Procession

Provost Eddy Rojas Marching with Mace

St. Thomas Chamber Singers Perform

The St. Thomas Chamber singers performing the song, "I sing because I'm happy" during the closing of the inauguration ceremony.

Twin Cities Leaders Participate

St. Paul mayor, Melvin Carter, and Minnesota Senator, Amy Klobuchar, addressed the audience during the inauguration.

Inauguration Highlights

The University of St. Thomas inaugurated its 16th president, Robert K. Vischer, on Friday, May 12, 2023. Watch highlights from the days celebration. 

Watch the Video of Inauguration Highlights
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Grounded and Student Focused

President Vischer aims to address the challenges facing higher education and society, noting, “Courage will empower us to do what is necessary to promote the lifelong flourishing of our students.” 

Grounded and Student Focused
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Inaugural Address

Be not afraid – we are called to be courageous! Read the full Inaugural Address here.
Inaugural Address
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Calls on St. Thomas Community to be Courageous

Vischer addresses the audience stressing the university remains committed to a quality educational experience that prepares students for a bright future. 

Calls on St. Thomas Community to be Courageous
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Twin Cities Leaders Welcome Robert K. Vischer

Remarks from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, Bishop Williams, Board of Trustees Chair Pat Ryan, Chair-Elect Jodee Kozlak, former President Emeritus Father Dennis Dease, and Past President Julie Sullivan.

Twin Cities Leaders Welcome Robert K. Vischer

Join us on May 12, 2023

The Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas cordially invite you to join in celebrating the inauguration of the 16th President of the University of St. Thomas: Robert K. Vischer.

This inauguration ceremony serves to gather our university community in celebration, providing an opportunity to hear from our new president and celebrate this exciting time for our institution. Join current students, faculty, staff, alumni, community leaders, supporters, and delegates from other academic institutions.

Events include a Mass, community lunch, the Inauguration Ceremony, and a late-afternoon student-run celebration with music, food trucks, and entertainment.

Watch the Inauguration Ceremony via Live Stream.

Follow along with the Ceremony Program.

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About President Robert K. Vischer

Rob Vischer is a longtime law school educator who formerly served as dean of the university's law school for nearly 10 years. He earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Rob became St. Thomas' interim president in 2022, and will be the second layperson to assume the role. Read more about the announcement of his unanimous selection for president.

About the Office of the President

Transportation & Parking

We strongly encourage you to consider alternate transportation to the Inauguration, such as Metro Transit, Rideshare or carpooling to campus. Read more about Transportation options to the St. Paul campus.

On-campus parking will be free on Friday, May 12 in the Anderson Parking Facilities and the red/yellow surface parking lots. See parking options on the PDF version of the Campus Map.

Accessible Parking

Guests who have an accessible parking certificate, or have limited mobility, accessible parking is available in Frey Parking Garage.

Disability Resources

St. Thomas will caption the live stream (online video) of the Inauguration Ceremony.

You can find more details, along with guidance for Accessible Parking, convenient drop-offs, and scooter or wheelchair rental on the Presidential Inauguration Accessibility web page.