Saint Martin's University 125th Anniversary Celebration logo
July 20, 2020

LACEY, Wash. — Saint Martin’s University is turning 125 and inviting all past, present, and future Saints to join in the celebration.

Saint Martin’s University, together with Saint Martin’s Abbey, will commemorate its joint quasquicentennial with a special virtual 125th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Nov. 7 (

The virtual event will replace the annual Saint Martin’s Gala, which was to be held on that same date and hosted by celebrity chef Jacques Pépin. Due to potentialongoing complications with the COVID-19 pandemic in the fall, the Gala featuring the world-renowned chef Pépin, and his daughter Claudine, will be rescheduled for next year, Nov. 6, 2021.

The 125th virtual celebration will feature videos highlighting Saint Martin’s rich 125-year history with stories from current students and alumni; blessings from the newly appointed abbot and the monks of Saint Martin’s Abbey; and an opportunity for attendees to support students by helping Saint Martin’s University raise critical funds for scholarships.

“The Saint Martin’s Gala is one of our favorite annual traditions at Saint Martin’s. While we had hoped to combine our 125th anniversary with Gala this year, the safety and health of our family, friends and community remains our top priority,” shared Saint Martin’s University president Dr. Roy Heynderickx. “With so much change happening in the world around us, we believed the best decision was to postpone our Gala in 2020. We are looking forward to seeing everyone return next year, including Jacques Pépin and his daughter, Claudine, who have committed to hosting our 2021 event.

“While we will not have our Gala this year, we are still excited to celebrate Saint Martin’s 125-year history with this upcoming virtual event. Our hope is as many Saints as possible will plan to join us for this once in a century event.” In addition to celebrating Saint Martin’s past, the celebration will also focus on its recent success and shine a light on its bright future. For more information about the anniversary and the virtual celebration, visit Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington.

Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 29 majors, 11 master’s programs, one doctorate program and five certificate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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Grant Clark
Media Relations Manager