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Hilltop pride and spirit was in full force as St. Edward’s formally welcomed our 24th president, Dr. Montserrat ‘Montse’ Fuentes. Throughout two days of festivities, our campus community and guests came together to celebrate this historic inauguration of the first Hispanic president of the university and her vision for the future of St. Edward’s. We are excited to share highlights and photos from the event.

A Historic Inauguration on the Hilltop

Since our founding in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, 23 presidents have led St. Edward’s University, shaping the foundation for our continuing rise as a premier private university. Each president has placed the university’s Catholic Holy Cross mission at the forefront of their leadership, building upon our fundamental values of academic excellence, social justice, service to others, and transformative educational opportunities for students from all walks of life.

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We are excited to formally welcome
our 24th president

Dr. Montserrat ‘Montse’ Fuentes

whose leadership is deeply inspired
by the Holy Cross tradition.

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Please join us on the hilltop to celebrate this
historic inauguration of the university’s first Hispanic president 
and her vision for the future of St. Edward’s.


Friday, February 25

A Call to Service and Justice

In support of our commitment to a more just world, the St. Edward's community is invited to take part in our diverse service activities and justice presentations. Please visit the following event schedules to see the events and locations, and to sign up to participate.

Events for Students, Faculty, Staff
Events for Alumni

1:30–6:30 p.m.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel

Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, is by invitation due to the limited seating capacity of the chapel. The Mass will also be livestreamed on our Campus Ministry YouTube channel

5 p.m.


Saturday, February 26

Presidential Inauguration and Investiture

The St. Edward’s University Board of Trustees welcomes President Montserrat Fuentes during a ceremony held in the Recreation and Athletics Center on campus. The inauguration and investiture will also be live-streamed on the St. Edward’s University YouTube channel.

11 a.m.

Celebration and Campuswide Activities

On this occasion, we honor the unique character of St. Edward’s, inspired by our Holy Cross mission, diverse and inclusive community, and location in Austin, Texas. Celebration activities and locations on campus include:

Celebration and Luncheon
12:30–2:30 p.m., Ragsdale Center

Softball Games
1–3 p.m., Diane Daniels Field

Brothers Art Installation
1–5 p.m., Munday Library

Academic Showcase
1:30–5 p.m., Munday Library

Ballet Folklorico Performance
3–3:45 p.m., Jones Global Events Center

Cake Cutting with Topper and Cheer Team
5–5:30 p.m., Jones Global Events Center
Cupcakes Served at Ragsdale Center, 2nd Floor

Concert and Food Trucks
6–7:50 p.m., Ragsdale Center

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Please check this page frequently for updates.

Meet the President

Dr. Montserrat Fuentes is the 24th President of St. Edward’s. She brings a commanding knowledge of higher education, an emphasis on world-class scholarship and teaching, and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion to her leadership of St. Edward’s.

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