St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration

Each fall, the Villanova community begins the academic year with a celebration honoring St. Thomas of Villanova, the 16th-century Augustinian bishop of Valencia, Spain, and patron of the University. This tradition continues in 2017 with six days of special events.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

St. Thomas of Villanova Lecture
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Villanova Room, Connelly Center
Speaker: Eboo Patel, author of "Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation"
Description: The Celebration begins with the St. Thomas of Villanova Lecture, an opportunity for the University community to examine an important and timely issue facing society. Reception to follow.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rock the Oreo
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: The Riley Ellipse
Description: An opportunity to share in fun, food and music as a community.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Donation Nation
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Description: TBD

Friday, September 22, 2017

Closing of the 175th Anniversary Exhibit
Time: TBD
Location: Art Gallery, Connelly Center
Description: TBD

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Day of Service Send Off  
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Jake Nevin Field House

Day of Service
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: More than 150 service sites throughout Greater Philadelphia
Description: Students, faculty, staff, alumni and families will partner with community agencies to perform service in neighborhoods throughout the region. Villanovans outside of Greater Philadelphia are encouraged to participate in the Day of Service by identifying opportunities closer to home. Please visit the Villanova University Alumni Association website for more information.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Community Liturgy
Time: 4:30 p.m. 
Location: Campus Green. All faiths are welcomed.

Community Dinner
Time: Immediately following the Community Liturgy
Location: Dougherty Hall
Description: Share in food and fellowship to mark the conclusion of this year's St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration.

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The 2017 St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration was generously sponsored by:

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