Hilltop pride and spirit was in full force on February 26, 2022, 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.

On February 25, Hilltoppers and friends engaged in service opportunities and justice presentations, and a special Mass. The inauguration ceremony took place the next day, with hundreds of attendees, and was followed by an afternoon and evening of lively activities across campus. Festivities included a luncheon and cake cutting, an art exhibit and academic showcase, a Ballet Folklorico performance, food trucks and live music.

During her investiture, Dr. Fuentes shared five bold initiatives that underpin the university’s new Strategic Plan 2027. These inspiring goals reflect the university’s Holy Cross mission and values, emphasizing academic distinction, inclusive excellence, diversity and equity, and a vision of St. Edward’s as A Destination University for a More Just World.

Enjoy a recap of the celebration excitement in our video and photo gallery below.

cheerleaders picking up president Montserrat Fuentes

During an evening of festivities decked in blue and gold, the St. Edward’s cheer team spontaneously lifts Dr. Fuentes into a classic cheer stunt.

presidential inauguration ballet folklorico

Ballet Folklórico performs a number of traditional Mexican dances in celebration.

presidential inauguration cake cuttings

Surrounded by hilltop spirit, Dr. Fuentes cuts into a cake modeled after the historic Main Building.

“We cannot predict what the future holds, but we are prepared for whatever it brings. We will remain true to who we are: a Holy Cross, Catholic university that teaches its students consciousness, collaboration and the courage to act.”

Montserrat Fuentes, PhD
presidential inauguration investiture service activities

Before the inauguration and investiture, faculty and staff partake in a variety of service activities in support of the values of St. Edward’s .

presidential inauguration mass

A Mass is held to celebrate Dr. Fuentes and connect the Holy Cross community.

birthday box services activities at inauguration

Continuing the call to service and justice, faculty and staff create birthday boxes in service of a local nonprofit.

Alumni volunteer at local food bank
Alumni volunteer at local food bank

Alumni chapters in Texas and beyond join in service and justice activities by volunteering at food banks and food kitchens, preparing meals for the underserved.