First Day for First-Years

First Day for First-Years

First Day for First-Years is a program designed to welcome all new first-year students to the academic community and to allow them to experience a unique SXU tradition.

Schedule of Activities for August 19, 2016

Check-In and New Student Induction Lineup

12:45 p.m.
SXU Diner

Welcome! Join us in the SXU Diner to receive your personalized schedule for the day’s events -- don’t forget to bring your Cougar Card! New students and their Transitions Peer Mentors (TPMs) will join the Orientation Leaders to lineup for the New Student Induction opening procession.

New Student Induction

1:45 p.m. - 3 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.


3 - 3:30 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 some light refreshments on the quad.

Class Picture

3:30 - 4 p.m.
The Corner of Mercy Drive and Cougar Parkway

All first-year students are invited to join President Wiseman to pose for your official Class of 2020 picture.

Small Group Discussions: TPM Time

4 - 5 p.m.
Schmitt Quad

Join with classmates from your Transitions class in a discussion with instructors, other faculty and the Transitions Peer Mentors.


5 - 6 p.m.
SXU Diner

Join members of the SXU community for dinner and conversation.

First-Year Fest

6 - 8 p.m.

Enjoy an evening filled with different events all over campus. Join us for bean bags, dodgeball, capture the flag tournaments and more in the Schmitt Quad. We will also have snacks, coffee, bingo and music at our on-campus Starbucks. Or, grab a few friends and meet us in McGuire Hall for a movie. After you've done one, two or all three of those things, make sure to stop by Regina for pizza and dancing before you head home for the evening!

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 Student Life at studentlife@sxu.edu or 773-341-5060.