The University of St. Thomas will kick off the 2015-16 school year with a host of Welcome Week events open to all students, faculty and staff.
The events will be held on the St. Paul campus unless otherwise noted:
Tuesday, Sept. 8
March Through the Arches 11 a.m., lower quadrangle
Welcome the newest St. Thomas students! New first-year, transfer and international students will gather on the Summit Avenue side of the Arches at 10:45 a.m. After a brief welcome from St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan, Daniel Meyer, vice president of enrollment management, and Michael Gaytko, president of the Undergraduate Student Government, students will walk through the Arches to the applause of faculty, staff, fellow students and some families.
(Students will assemble at 10:45 a.m. To all those who will applaud the new students, meet in the lower quad before 11 a.m.)
Welcoming Assembly and Blessing 11:30 a.m., Schoenecker Arena, Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex
People of all faiths are welcome to meet in the arena for a service to mark the beginning of the new academic year.
Opening Picnic John P. Monahan Plaza, following the Interfaith Blessing
This annual picnic will be held on the John P. Monahan Plaza, Anderson Student Center. Rain site: field house, Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex. All other food service locations will be closed during the picnic.
President’s Opening Convocation
3 p.m., Schulze Hall Auditorium, Minneapolis campus
President Sullivan will give her annual academic convocation address. Seating on the main floor of Schulze Hall Auditorium is reserved for participating faculty. All staff are invited but balcony seating is limited.
Sunday, Sept. 13
Opening Mass and Reception 11 a.m., Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas
All are welcome to attend the Opening Mass and Reception. An outdoor reception will follow on the chapel grounds. Rain site: Koch Commons.
Wednesday, Sept. 16
Minneapolis Campus Opening Celebration and Luncheon
12:30 p.m., School of Law, Schulze Grand Atrium, Minneapolis campus
Faculty and staff are invited to join President Sullivan for a buffet luncheon to celebrate the new academic year.
St. Thomas libraries plan a series of Welcome Week events
Visit the UST Libraries blog to learn about a week’s worth of activities to help students become familiar with everything the libraries have to offer. Events include Technology Day, Groupie Day, Movie Day and Stress Less Day.
#TommieLink Events Open to all Students
#TommieLink is a fall welcome program that connects students to events, services and one another. Students who participate have the chance to win prizes. Follow St. Thomas Student Affairs on Facebook and Twitter, and visit the #TommieLink website to learn more.
For more information on the university’s opening celebrations, visit the Office for Mission website.