St. Edward’s University ingrains a sense of perseverance and purpose that contributes to the success of all who walk through our doors, and we’re celebrating another amazing academic year! Our unstoppable spirit radiated throughout the hilltop with vibrant campus traditions, events honoring academic excellence, historic achievements and opportunities to serve our community. While there were many moments that we are proud of, we invite you to take a look back on some notable highlights.

A Historic Fall Semester Filled with Milestones and Festivities

Homecoming Court Fall 2022
Students marching in the 2022 Homecoming parade
The St. Edward's University cheer team at the 2022 Homecoming parade
CAMP scholars marching in the 2022 Homecoming parade
Women's mariachi performing for the CAMP 50th celebration
Students and staff celebrating 50 years of CAMP excellence
Hilltoppers celebrating the 50th anniversary of MMNT at St. Edward's University
Special cake celebrating the 50th anniversary of MMNT
Actors rehearsing in the Mary Moody Northen Theatre building for an upcoming performance

A Homecoming to Remember

For the first time ever, Homecoming was held in the fall, and continued the tradition of bringing our community and friends together for a weekend filled with pride, nostalgia and celebration. The weekend also commemorated the 50th anniversaries of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) and the beloved Mary Moody Northen Theatre (MMNT). Five decades later, CAMP and MMNT continue to provide our students with the learning experiences, mentorships and lifelong connections.

President Fuentes hands over a diploma to one of the first-ever graduates from the new doctoral program at St. Edward's University
One of the first-ever graduates from the new doctoral program at St. Edward's
Brandie Medina graduating from the new Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Higher Education

History Is Made

We wrapped up the semester with a historic Fall Commencement that was held on the hilltop! Along with cheering on our new undergraduate and graduate class, we witnessed seven students of the first-ever doctoral cohort earn their degrees from the university’s new Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership and Higher Education program. 

Enjoy More Fall Highlights In Our Photo Gallery

Landmark Events and Outstanding Achievements Make for a Successful Spring Semester

President Fuentes and other leaders celebrating St. Edward's University Day at the Texas State Capitol
President Fuentes and students celebrate St. Edward's University Day at the Texas State Capitol

Lawmakers Honor Our Legacy

Members of the Texas House and Senate adopted a resolution commemorating Feb. 9, 2023, as St. Edward’s University Day at the State Capitol. This distinguished recognition honors our long legacy of academic success and our Hilltoppers’ positive impacts to Austin, throughout the State of Texas and beyond.

Nursing student speaking with a colleague
Nursing student posing in scrubs in front of the Red Doors at the Main Building
Nursing students discussing coursework together

Meeting a Workforce Need

St. Edward’s is preparing to launch its first-ever nursing programs beginning Fall 2023 under the leadership of Donna Beuk, founding director of Nursing. Across Texas and the nation, the need for nursing professionals remains in high demand and our nursing education will prepare and develop highly-skilled and trained nurses for careers at the forefront of health equity and access for everyone.

President Fuentes and St. Edward's University supporters celebrate $2.1M grant from the Hector and Gloria Lopez Foundation
First-generation Latino students celebrate Hector and Gloria Lopez Foundation $2.1M grant
Hector and Gloria Lopez Foundation gifts $2.1M+ grant to St. Edward's University

Generous Support for First-Gen Latino Students

St. Edward’s University became the first private institution in Texas to receive a grant from the Hector and Gloria López Foundation (HGLF) — benefiting our first-generation Latino students. Beginning in Fall 2023 and for the next five years, more than $2.1 million will be used to assist 15 López Scholars with tuition, housing, paid internships, study abroad programs and more.

Spring Commencement 2023 graduates posing for a picture together
Austin Mayor Kirk Watson and President Fuentes celebrate Spring Commencement 2023
Graduate hugging professor at Spring Commencement 2023
Spring Commencement 2023 graduates celebrating on the Main Building steps
Ella Ochoa, President Fuentes and Alexis Reed posing for a photo at Spring Commencement 2023
Graduate posing near celebration signs at Spring Commencement 2023

Stepping Beyond the Red Doors

Our remarkable year wrapped with the culminating event that every student looks forward to — Commencement! Families, friends and the St. Edward's University community came together on the hilltop to celebrate our graduates as they walked the stage to receive their well-earned diplomas. And among this year's graduates are 11 Presidential Award winners. Congratulations to our Class of 2022-23! We wish you all the best on your next adventure as you take on your world.

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St. Edward's Earns More Top-Tier Recognition

Main Building at St. Edward's University

The Best in the West: St. Edward’s University continues to be recognized as a top institution for producing the next exceptional leaders, innovators and justice-minded thinkers. For the fourth straight year, St. Edward’s joined the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 Best Colleges list as a top 10 best university in the western region. This also marked the 20th consecutive year our university has ranked in the U.S. News Best Colleges list.

Students at the Bill Munday School of Business

Business School Earns Gold Standard AccreditationThe Bill Munday School of Business earned its business accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) — joining more than 950 institutions worldwide to receive this honor.

Student looking through a microscope

EDS Scholars Program Receives S-STEM Grant: The Supporting Ecology and Data Science (EDS) Scholars program at St. Edward’s University received a $1.5M grant from The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. This grant benefits selected students through academic support, housing assistance, paid research opportunities, paid conference travel, experiential learning at the Wild Basin Creative Research Center and mentoring opportunities.

Visitors viewing an art gallery in the Munday Library

Arts and Humanities Professors Awarded National Grants: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded a combined total of nearly $95,000 in grants to Georgia Seminet, associate professor of Spanish, and Jimmy Luu, associate professor of Graphic Design, for their efforts to promote excellence at the School of Arts and Humanities at St. Edward’s.