Celebrating 125 Years of Seattle University

Posted by Seattle University Alumni Association on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 11:48 AM PDT

In 1891, two Jesuits, Fathers  Victor Garrand and Adrian Sweere, founded what is now Seattle University. This year, we will have a year-long celebration of Seattle U’s 125th anniversary, starting with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, in September. Throughout the year, we will be honoring the history of Seattle University, while looking ahead to our aspirations and plans for the next 25 years.

The university has flourished in the 25 years since its centennial celebration. Our academic programs have expanded and the university continues to grow in esteem; commitment to our mission has deepened; our campus has changed dramatically; and our student body has grown not only in numbers, but in quality and diversity.

Our alumni have made us who we are and are indispensable to the future we envision for Seattle U. The 125th is a perfect time to deepen your engagement with the institution you have helped us build.

All your favorite signature events are back with an added bit of 125th flare. We are excited to welcome you, your family and your friends to cheer, celebrate and serve during Homecoming Weekend, February 2-5.

The excitement of the 125th anniversary culminates in our biggest celebration of the year, Grand Reunion Weekend May 5-7, 2017. All alumni are invited for a weekend full of fun. We’ll kick off the weekend with the 32nd Annual Alumni Awards on Friday night and continue the celebration throughout the weekend with tours, college and school receptions, mass, brunch, athletics and most importantly, reunions. The classes of 2012-16, 2007, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1977 and 1967 and prior will be hosting reunion gatherings. If you want to help plan your class’ reunion gathering, email us at alumni@seattleu.edu.

If you are in the area, you’ve already seen our 125th brand on the Broadway street car.

Starting today, you’ll see 125th branding in communications, around campus and in the community. We will be sharing stories of our alumni who have gone on to be leaders in their fields and communities. The 125th Commemorative Alumni Directory, which drops in January, will feature alumni profiles and a timeline of notable moments in Seattle U history, and the Seattle University Alumni Magazine will feature the lasting impact of Seattle University and a look at how we dare forth into a greater future for our university, students and alumni.

As we celebrate 125 years of Seattle University’s influence, reflect on the impact Seattle University has had on your life and how you can join us for the next 25 years to increase the difference we make in Seattle and the world.

We look forward to celebrating with you.