On Sept. 8, St. Thomas welcomed 1,651 new Tommies with the annual March Through the Arches. President Julie Sullivan proclaimed the day was special, not only because of the Class of 2019, but also because on Sept. 8, 1885, Archbishop John Ireland welcomed the first class of 62 to what is now known as the University of St. Thomas.

The march was followed by an assembly and blessing, and a campus-wide picnic. Sullivan also delivered her first academic convocation address on the Minneapolis campus. The day wrapped up with a viewing of “Inside Out” on the football field.

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