Parents of St. Thomas students are invited to share in their daughter’s or son’s St. Thomas experience during the annual Family Weekend, Nov. 11-14.

The Family Weekend hospitality-and-registration center will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11; from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, on the first floor, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. The center will have meal tickets and a schedule that lists the locations and other information concerning each event.

Thursday, Nov. 11

  • University of St. Thomas vs. Hamline University football game at 8 p.m. at the Metrodome. Join the Tommies as they conclude their season. Purchase tickets at the Metrodome. A shuttle bus will take families to and from the game.

Friday, Nov. 12

  • Parents can visit a classroom with their son or daughter and experience academic life at St. Thomas. Most regularly scheduled classes are open (students should notify their professor prior to class). Also, Dr. Cheri Shakiban invites parents to sample her class if a student doesn’t have classes this day.
  • A study-abroad session will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Parents can learn more about semester, year or January Term study-abroad programs for their daughter or son.
  • Take a shuttle to the Minneapolis campus and see the fresco on the atrium ceiling at 1000 LaSalle. Visitors also can tour St. Thomas’ new Opus Hall across the street. Pick up a schedule from the hospitality-and-registration center on first floor, Murray-Herrick Campus Center.
  • Guests will be free to have dinner on the town from 5 to 8 p.m. Pick up a list of restaurants and directions at the hospitality-and-registration center.
  • Family entertainment will be provided by variety performer and illusionist Craig Karges starting at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 13

  • Showcasing St. Thomas and food fair: Parents can meet with representatives from student organizations and offices that serve their student. Dine on a variety of foods such as chicken fajitas, brats, booya, chocolate chip cookies and more.
  • Choose from a variety of sessions, including career exploration, family relationships, St. Thomas and the community, study abroad and more. Pick up a schedule from the hospitality-and-registration center.
  • Experience St. Paul and Minneapolis from a trolley car. Take part in a personalized tour of the Twin Cities and St. Thomas. Tickets are $5 per person. Register for the tour at the hospitality-and-registration center.
  • Cheer on the swimming and diving teams with the True Tommy Spirit Group at 1 p.m.
  • The Rev. Dennis Dease, president of St. Thomas, will be the keynote speaker for a dinner at 6:30 p.m.
  • Frank Hardy, director of the Youth Development Center in Selma, Ala., will speak on faith and service at 8 p.m.
  • The Latin Sounds Orchestra will entertain with their high-powered music and teach parents and students how to dance the salsa, merengue and more at 9 p.m. in Room 304, Murray-Herrick Campus Center.

Sunday, Nov. 13

Masses will be celebrated at 9 and 11 a.m. in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. Refreshments will be available following each Mass.


Discounted rates are available at the hotels listed below. Parents should make reservations to the hotel directly and be sure to mention that they are part of the St. Thomas Family Weekend group. Reserve space early because there is limited availability of rooms.

Sheraton Midway
(651) 642-1234
I-94 and Hamline Ave., St. Paul
$84 per room, per night

Ramada Inn
(651) 636-4567
I-35W and County Road C, Roseville
$59 per room, per night; free shuttle to St. Thomas

Doubletree guest suites
(612) 332-6800
1101 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis
$98 per room, per night

Days Inn (near the airport)
(612) 854-8400
1901 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington
(Across from the Mall of America)
$65 per room, per night

For more information, contact the Dean of Student Life office, (651) 962-6050.

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