We will formally celebrate the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year with the Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. on the Alumni Courts of Billera Hall.
All administrative, professional, and support staff members are invited to join us as we welcome freshmen and their families. Since this is an academic procession, administrative and professional staff personnel who wish to process with the faculty should wear academic attire. Members of the support staff should feel free to join with the parents. Vesting and formation of the procession will take place in the women’s visitors’ locker room next to the classroom in Billera Hall beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Concelebrants will gather in the reception area of the athletic administration offices. Magdalene Riggins, Director of Campus Ministry, will prepare the liturgy and organize the ministers. The Class of 2020 will be organized by Dr. Jerry Joyce. Parents should be directed to sit in the tan chairs. Students will sit in front of the stage in the white chairs. Faculty, administrative, and professional staff will be seated to the left and right of the stage.
Following the liturgy, the Class of 2020 will say goodbye to their families and then join the faculty and staff for dinner in the University Center at 4:30 p.m. Tables will be arranged by academic divisions. The entire event will end by 6:00 p.m.
Please enjoy this new beginning!
– Bernard F. O’Connor, OSFS, President