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 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.
The Corner of Mercy Drive & Cougar Parkway

All first-year students are invited to join the SXU community us as we dedicate the newly-named campus roads. You will also pose for a picture with the entire Class of 2019.


3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
O'Malley 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.

Dinner with the Deans

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
SXU Diner

Join faculty and the Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences (SXU Diner), Graham School of Management (4th Floor Boardroom), School of Education (Student Lounge), and School of Nursing (Butler Reception Room) for dinner and conversation.

First-Year Fest

6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy an evening filled with different events all over campus. Want to be outside? Join us for bean bags, dodgeball, capture the flag tournaments and more in the Schmitt Quad. Looking to relax after the long day? Join us for snacks, coffee, bingo and music at our on-campus Starbucks. In the mood for a laugh? Grab a few friends and meet us in McGuire Hall for a night of improv and comedy. 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 Campus Life at campuslife@sxu.edu or 773-341-5060.