Thousands of people gathered at St. Thomas May 18 and 19 to celebrate as more than 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students received their degrees, adding their numbers to the more-than-100,000-strong alumni network.
More than 1,300 undergraduate students officially became part of the St. Thomas alumni community on Saturday as the Class of 2018 received their degrees. O'Shaughnessy Stadium was filled with thousands more family, friends, faculty and staff as the university celebrated the accomplishments of so many Tommies.
The next gathering of the Diversity and Inclusion roundtable will be on May 24, and will feature Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati, emeritus professor at Macalester College. Attendees will also receive a free copy of his book, "The Myth of Race."
Graduating seniors are invited to join their fellow Class of 2018 Tommies for the Graduation March Through the Arches Celebration, which will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 18, and will kick off commencement weekend.
The Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) has awarded Sheneeta White, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Tim Meyer, Computer and Information Sciences, the 2018 Curricular Innovation in Sustainability Award for their work integrating a collaborative Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) project with Metro Transit into their courses, Service Operations Management (OPMT 360) and Systems Analysis and Design II (CISC 321).
Culled from surveys and online job research, the most recent First Destinations Survey found the St. Thomas undergraduate class of 2017 had more than 73 percent of students secure a job before, or within a month, of graduating.
The University of St. Thomas will celebrate its annual St. Thomas Day on Wednesday, May 3. The event honors recipients of the Monsignor James Lavin Award, Professor of the Year Award, Humanitarian Award, Tommie Award and Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award.