Alumni Blog

Alumni and Students of Color Host First Event at Homecoming

Posted by Seattle University Alumni Association on October 7, 2021 at 12:10 AM PDT

Meet our newest affinity group, the Alumni and Students of Color (ASOC), at their first social before the Homecoming Rally and men’s basketball game. ASOC provides a safe, welcoming space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) alumni and students to join in community with others who share similar experiences in grappling with race-related challenges. Join the founding members and find out how you can get involved!

DATE: Sunday, November 14
TIME: 3-4 p.m.
WHERE: Climate Pledge Arena

Your registration gets you three events for the price of one—the ASOC social, Homecoming rally and men’s basketball game against Idaho State in the ASOC seating section. And you’ll make history as you cheer on your Redhawks at the first basketball game ever played at the new Climate Pledge Arena.


Climate Pledge Arena requires proof of vaccination and that masks are worn indoors at all times.

Register now!

The Inauguration of Eduardo M. Peñalver

Posted by Seattle University Alumni Association on October 7, 2021 at 12:10 AM PDT

On September 23 and 24, Seattle University celebrated the inauguration of its 22nd president, Eduardo M. Peñalver. Festivities began Thursday with the Inauguration Mass at St. James Cathedral. The Most Reverand Paul D. Etienne, Archbishop of Seattle, served as the celebrant. Jesuits West Provincial The Reverand Sean O. Carroll, S.J. gave the homily and missioned President Peñalver.

The inauguration ceremony took place Friday morning at Benaroya Hall. With dignitaries from universities across the country in attendance, blessings were offered, musical performances were enjoyed and speeches offered gratitude and advice for our new president. The highlight was Peñalver’s powerful speech setting the direction for Seattle University while exploring the juxtaposition of our university being innovative and progressive as well as Jesuit and Catholic. He used Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ art entitled “Somewhere Better Than This Place/Nowhere Better Than This Place” as his theme to reconcile this tension. Peñalver concluded his speech saying, “I will work tirelessly to ensure that for Seattle University’s second 130 years, there will be nowhere better than this place to imagine somewhere better than this place.”

The President’s Inauguration website has the full text of Peñalver’s speech, a highlight video, full event videos and photos.