One of our core themes is community. We learn as a community and we celebrate as community through the following signature University events.
New Student Convocation
Saint Martin's students begin their academic journey here with New Student Convocation. This ceremony introduces students and their families to the faculty and staff who will serve as their mentors and guides for the next few years. The highlight of the convocation is when the new students process down the Grand Staircase for the first time, heralding the same walk they will take when they process for Commencement four years later.
Commencement is the culmination of the Saint Martin's student's academic journey. It is a time of celebration for students and their Saint Martin's family, the faculty and staff who have helped them on their journey. For the last time, they will walk down the Grand Staircase with their fellow graduates, ready to receive not only their degree but they charge to change the world.
Family members of our own SMU students are invited as our guests of honor at our annual Family Weekend! During the Fall Semester, we invite families to join us for meals, athletic events, workshops, and other fun activities. Connect with the whole Saint Martin's family, with other SMU parents, with faculty and with the leaders who will help guide your student to change the world.
Saint Martin's Gala
The Gala is Saint Martin's University's signature fundraising event for student scholarships. An annual celebration of community and wonderful food and wine, the Gala combines two important Benedictine values: hospitality and stewardship. More than 94 percent of Saint Martin’s students receive some form of financial assistance. As we gather together to break bread, we do so in support our students, whose educational dreams are made possible through scholarships funded from the proceeds of this event.
Jingle Bell Run
Welcoming hundreds of community members of all ages, Jingle Bell Run, the annual Saint’s athletic scholarship fundraiser, truly celebrates the season of giving. Don’t miss the chance to run, walk or stroll the 5K route with your friends on Saint Martin’s beautiful wooded campus.
Dragon Boat Festival
The annual Dragon Boat Festival is a celebration of diversity and culture that features community vendors, local performers and the famous dragon boat race. Through the festival, Saint Martin's shares its wonderful international relationships with the regional community and showcases the many cultures that compose our student body.