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Welcome Week ambassadors cheer new students during the Great Tommie Get Together.

Tommie Traditions

There’s a reason St. Thomas is a university steeped in tradition, with a loyal and enthusiastic alumni following. Our yearly traditions are unique, memorable and deeply inspiring for students, faculty and staff alike.

Highlights of our not-to-be-missed annual traditions

Students, including Andrew Smith, walk in the annual March Through the Arches ceremony.

September: March Through the Arches

First-year students are welcomed to our community.
Coach Glenn Caruso  at the end of the Tommie Johnnie football game.

September: Tommie Johnnie Football Game

This 90-year rivalry between St. Thomas and St. John’s University gets better every year.
Students perform in the homecoming parade.

October: Homecoming and Family Weekend

A parade, music, games, football game and celebrations are on tap for students, alumni and their families.
stthomas-tree-lighting-ceremony

November: Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

The lighting of the Christmas tree in Anderson Student Center brightens the holidays.
Students from the ""Happy Tommies"" group hold a sign

April: Spark Week

Events showcase projects making positive changes around the globe.
Student get their plates filled with food during the late night breakfast.

May: Late Night Breakfast

Our faculty and staff continue to feed hungry minds, at a midnight breakfast during finals week.
Students walk through the Arches during the senior class March Out of the Arches.

May: March Through the Arches

Seniors march out through the Arches to mark the completion of their final year.