Incoming freshman walking through the University of St. Thomas arches and through the courtyard.

Celebrate the Opening of the 2021-22 Academic Year!

Tuesday, September 7

March Through the Arches  11 a.m., lower quadrangle

Welcome the newest St. Thomas students!  New first-year, transfer, Dougherty Family College and international students will gather on the Summit Avenue side of the Arches at 10:45 a.m.  After a brief welcome from President Dr. Julie Sullivan,Vice President for Enrollment Management Al Cotrone, and the Undergraduate Student Government President, 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.  Everyone is invited to the picnic!  Note: All other food-service locations will be closed during the picnic.


Annual Academic Convocation 3 p.m. virtual event 

All faculty and staff are welcome to attend the annual academic convocation.  This year the event will be a virtual event and recorded for those who are unable to participate at that time.


Wednesday, September 8, 12:30-1:30 p.m

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 a buffet luncheon to celebrate the new academic year.


Thursday, September 9, Noon

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.