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

Student Check-in

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! Parents should proceed directly to McGuire Hall Lobby to receive a schedule of the day’s events.

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 JoAnn Persch.

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. Faculty/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.


2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Schmidt 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 2018 out on the quad.

TPM Time

4:00 - 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 - 6:00 p.m.
SXU Diner
Enjoy a Mexican fiesta to refuel before the evening activities begin.

Quad Olympics

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Schmitt Quad (Rain Location: Shannon Center Rec Gym)

Enjoy bean bags, dodge ball, Capture the Flag tournaments and more in the Schmitt Quad with staff from University Mission and Ministry.


6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Starbucks, located in Morris Hall
Enjoy treats at our on-campus Starbucks!

Outdoor Concert: Jason LeVasseur

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Library Patio/Smith-Morris Quad
Grab a few friends, a blanket and join us on the library patio for an outdoor concert featuring one of our favorite performers, Jason LeVasseur. You do not want to miss this event!

Who’s Hungry?

9:00 - 10:30 p.m.
Regina Res Center
Join us for pizza 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 Campus Life at campuslife@sxu.edu or 773-341-5060.