First Day for First-Years

First Day for First-Years

First Day for First-Years is a mandatory, day-long program designed to welcome all new first-year students to the academic community and to allow them to experience a unique SXU tradition. This mandatory program includes a University welcome, New Student Induction, and the All-Campus Picnic. Welcome Week events will begin that afternoon and continue on that evening, throughout the weekend and throughout the first week of classes. 

Schedule of Activities


8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Shannon Center
Welcome! Join us in the Shannon Center to receive your personalized schedule for the day’s events -- don’t forget to bring your Cougar Card! 

Opening Convocation

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Shannon Center
The day begins with an opportunity to hear more about what you can expect from your academic experience here at SXU. Professor Michael O’Keeffe will deliver a message on the General Education Program, and our Provost, Dr. Paul DeVito, will introduce our Common Reading speaker, Sister Kathy Thornton, RSM.

Small Group Discussion: Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Various Classrooms
Join with your fellow cohort classmates to engage in a small group discussion of this year’s Common Reading, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life and today’s speaker. Transitions instructors and Transitions peer mentors will facilitate each discussion.

New Student Induction Lineup and Procession

11:15 a.m.
SXU Diner
New students and their Transitions peer mentors will join the orientation leaders in the SXU Diner to lineup for the New Student Induction opening procession. 

New Student Induction

12:00 p.m.
Shannon Center
Join us as we officially welcome all new students into the academic community and our Catholic Mercy heritage and tradition. At the ceremony you will be greeted by President Christine M. Wiseman, J.D., the University vice presidents and deans, as well as the faculty and staff of the University. During the induction you will be presented with a Saint Xavier Medallion to symbolize your membership in the SXU community and the beginning of your academic career at Saint Xavier.

All-Campus Picnic

1:00 p.m.
Smith-Morris Quad
Directly following the New Student Induction, all students and their families are invited to join faculty, staff and current SXU student leaders for lunch on the quad.

Road Dedication and Class Picture

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Schmitt Quad


3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Schmitt Quad
PLAYFAIR is totally unlike anything else you have ever experienced. It's entertainment! It's fun! It's the perfect way to make new campus friendships! You’ll also pose for a picture with the entire Class of 2019 out on the football field.

TPM Time

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Schmitt Quad
All students will meet with their Transitions Peer Mentors (TPM’s) to talk about what to expect during first week.


5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
SXU Diner
Enjoy a Mexican fiesta to refuel before the evening activities begin.

First-Year Fest

6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Join current student leaders and staff for games, an outdoor concert, food, friends and much more with as we kick-off this year’s Welcome Week events! Be sure to stop by all locations to enjoy all that SXU has to offer. The Jason LeVasseur concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on the patio, and you can find coffee and tea at Starbucks, or late night pizza in the Regina Res Center at 9:00 p.m.

Parent Registration and More Information

**Parents of first-years must register for the day's events.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Campus Life at campuslife@sxu.edu or 773-341-5060.