It’s easy to see why Fall 2022 was another amazing semester at St. Edward’s! It was fueled by the energy and enthusiasm of Hilltoppers — an inspiring, creative, multicultural community of innovative thinkers and problem solvers who are passionate about improving the world.

Exceptional learning, achievements and celebrations filled the fall months. Highlights include our first fall Homecoming and commencement, and our first-ever doctoral graduating class. In addition, St. Edward’s garnered some mighty impressive accolades.  

Enjoy a quick tour of our hilltop moments from Fall 2022 in the photos below. Be sure to catch the photo gallery of graduation festivities. Happy viewing! (And please share with your family and friends!)

A New Class of Hilltoppers

We kicked off the fall semester by welcoming the Class of 2026 to the hilltop! Family, friends and the St. Edward’s community came together to help new Hilltoppers move into their residence halls and get ready for an exciting college journey. Students created meaningful connections with their Orientation groups, sharing stories, participating in freshman traditions and igniting new friendships. 


A orientation leader shows her Toppers Up hand sign
A new freshman student enjoys the spirit of orientation leaders
Two new freshman students engage in conversation at orientation


A student has help from her mother during move in
A new student checks into her dorm during move in time
A new St. Edward's family packs there move in trolley with smiles

Welcome Days

There’s something special about a new cohort of Hilltoppers participating in age-old traditions such as the Legacy Walk and Medallion Ceremony. Few moments are as memorable as receiving the St. Edward’s medallion, knowing it marks one’s entry into the university family and the beginning of a life-changing educational experience. The medallion stays with students as they enter the Red Doors of Main Building during the Legacy Walk, welcomed by President Montserrat Fuentes, faculty and staff. Students will wear the medallion again when they exit the red doors during their graduation festivities. 

Medallion Ceremony

Faculty and students participate in the medallion ceremony
A student is given her St. Edward's medal

Legacy Walk

President Fuentes greets students as they walk through the Red Doors during Legacy Walk
Students walk up Main Building steps for Legacy Walk

Anchors Events (Pep Rally, Rave and Block Party)

Anchors activities during Welcome Days created a festive atmosphere for our entire hilltop community. The St. Edward’s Cheer Team led a pep rally with chants that built excitement for the year ahead. A Block Party and Rave followed the rally, featuring carnival activities such as food trucks, rides, games and fireworks that brought Hilltoppers together for an evening of friendship and fun.

Students show their Toppers Up at the pep rally
Topper poses at the dance off
Students have fun at the block party blowing bubbles
Students pose with their SEU swag at the rave
President Fuentes poses with a parent at the block party
A student rides a mechanical bull at the block party

Bringing the Verde Spirit to Our Toppers

Our vast alumni connections boosted "Toppers Up" spirit during Welcome Days. La Murga, the well-known spirit team and band of Austin FC, joined us to cheer on a Hilltopper Women’s Soccer team match. Many members of La Murga and Austin FC are St. Edward’s alumni.

A member from La Murga leads chants
La Murga cheers on the soccer team

Seniors Last First Day of School

Fast becoming a new hilltop tradition — our seniors took their photos with friends in front of the red doors of Main Building to celebrate their last first day as a St. Edward’s student.

Students pose for their "First Last Day Of School" in front of the Red Doors
A student poses for their "First Last Day Of School" in front of the Red Doors
Students pose for their "First Last Day Of School" in front of the Red Doors

Coming Together in Celebration

Some of the most exciting and fun times during the school year happen during these beloved campus events. St. Edward’s held Homecoming for the first time in the fall, which added a new spark of excitement to the celebration. And our traditional Festival of Lights brought the hilltop and Austin communities together to honor the Christmas season.


St. Ed's students and staff play corn hole at the Homecoming Tailgate
Students pose at Homecoming
Fireworks over downtown

Festival of Lights

A student sings during Festival of Lights
A single candle is photographed at the Festival of Lights
Students smile with their candles at the Festival of Lights

Life at St. Ed’s

Throughout the semester, students jumped at opportunities to engage in campus events that support their success and celebrate their culture. 

St. Edward's staff and faculty pose for a Hispanic Heritage Event

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrated the greater Hispanic and Latinx community with events and activities, such as Flores de Papel.

Students at the involvement fair

Early in the semester, students took advantage of the Involvement Fair to learn about and join a variety of campus clubs and organizations.

Students participate in a campus event at the student run garden on campus

Hilltoppers engaged in numerous activities that showcased their commitment to sustainability, such as the Roots & Wings Festival.

Students pose for the first generation celebration

During First-Gen Scholars Week, we proudly celebrated first-generation Hilltoppers who are the first in their family to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

A student pets a therapy dog on campus for mental health awareness

Therapeutic dogs visited the hilltop to help students unwind during stressful exams.

A professor speaks to students at Barton Springs

Students took part in valuable experiential learning opportunities in Austin, such as a faculty-led tour sponsored by Barton Springs University.

In the Classroom

All students engage in dynamic experiential learning through research, internships and creative exploration that are intrinsic to the St. Edward’s experience.

Javier Wallace conducts his Austin Black Tours for our Freshman students Common Theme

As part of a Freshman Seminar class, first-year students learn about Black history, experiences and contributions to Austin during a Black Austin Tours excursion.

i4 student pose for the Lucian Symposium

STEM students built skills in interdisciplinary sciences, informatics and emerging technologies through our NSF-funded Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4) and i4 internships.

A student presents her work at the Lucian Symposium

The St. Edward’s annual Lucian Symposium featured expert speakers who provided perspectives on vaccine hesitancy, and a showcase of students’ research posters and presentations.

A student is fascinated by the new Bloomberg system at St. Edward's

The Bill Munday School of Business acquired a new Bloomberg Terminal that lets students monitor and analyze real-time financial market data and news.

Nationally recognized Latino artist Justin Favela created a new large-scale mural at the Fine Arts Gallery.

Nationally recognized Latino artist Justin Favela created a new large-scale mural at the Fine Arts Gallery.


This year marked two outstanding achievements for our College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) and Mary Moody Northern Theater (MMNT). Each program reached a historic 50 years of excellence running!

CAMP celebrates 50 years

Luci Baines Johnson and President Montserrat Fuentes interact with CAMP students at the CAMP 50th Anniversary celebration.

MMNT celebrates 50 years

Students, alumni, faculty and staff mingle in front of the Mary Moody Northen Theatre during the MMNT 50th Anniversary celebration.

Fall Commencement

What better way to wrap up a successful semester than by celebrating our new graduates! Fall Commencement for the Class of 2023 was held on campus. And a new moment in history was marked by the university’s first-ever doctoral graduates receiving their diplomas. Local media covered the news. Congratulations new undergraduate, graduate and doctoral alumni of St. Edward’s! See graduation festivities in our photo gallery.

Our National Recognition Continues to Grow

We take pride in our community — who we are and what we can accomplish together. We're proud to receive these recent accolades. To see more, visit our Facts & Awards page.

Fulbright HSI Leader

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Top 10

Best University in the West by U.S. News & World Report


Best University for Veterans in the West by U.S. News & World Report

Top 25% of Green Colleges 

The Princeton Review

America’s Top Colleges


AACSB International Accreditation

Awarded to The Bill Munday School of Business