The University of St. Thomas will kick off the 2016-17 academic year with a host of traditional events for students, faculty and staff.

These events will be held on the St. Paul campus unless otherwise noted:

Tuesday, Sept. 6

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

UPDATE Sept. 6: Due to inclement weather, the March Through the Arches has been canceled. Please proceed to the Schoenecker Arena in the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex at 11 a.m. for the Welcoming Assembly and Interfaith Blessing.

Welcoming Assembly and Interfaith Blessing
NEW TIME 11 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
Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex Field House, following the Welcoming Assembly and Interfaith Blessing

The new students will be served first at this annual picnic on the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex Field House. All other food-service locations will be closed during the picnic.

President’s Opening Convocation
1:30 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium

All faculty and staff are welcome to attend President Sullivan’s annual academic convocation. Faculty in academic garb traditionally process into the auditorium and will be seated on the main floor. Balcony seating will be open to staff.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 7

Minneapolis Campus Opening Celebration Luncheon
12:30 p.m., Schulze Grand Atrium at the School of Law, Minneapolis campus

Minneapolis campus faculty and staff are invited to join President Sullivan for a buffet luncheon to celebrate the new academic year.

 

Thursday, Sept. 8 

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.

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