On September 5th, the University of St. Thomas welcomed its new batch of freshmen, transferees, and international students in its annual tradition called “March Through the Arches”. It is an event that symbolizes the beginning of a new student’s adventure at St. Thomas by walking through the iconic arches on campus.
This is a time of high energy on campus. Current students, faculty, and staff all wear their ceremonial purple university attire and line up along the sidewalks from the arches to the Andersen Recreational Complex. Incoming international students kicked off the march by walking through the arches carrying flags of their respective countries.
Throughout the event, the university community honoured its new students with repeated rounds of applause, a warm acknowledgement of their unique journeys towards St. Thomas. More than 1600 new students representing over 30 countries and 28 states took part in this year’s march. The university’s Executive Vice President and Provost, the Vice President for Enrollment Management, and the Undergraduate Student Government President all cordially welcomed the new students with very heartfelt speeches. Students, faculty, staff, and parents together recited the Seven Convictions of the University of St. Thomas to formally cap off the event. A large picnic was held for everyone in the university’s quadrangle shortly after.
After four years, this same batch of students will culminate their journey by marching out of the arches on the day before they graduate from St. Thomas.
Watch a one-minute video clip on YouTube of a past “March Through the Arches” ceremony.