A Year of Firsts

President Eduardo Peñalver's year in pictures, from inauguration to commencement, meeting alumni to engaging civic leaders.

Since his inauguration as Seattle University’s 22nd President, Eduardo Peñalver has dedicated his first full year as president forging new paths and relationships with the campus and greater community, all while emphasizing the university’s commitment to providing an excellent education and prioritizing the health and safety of students, faculty and staff.

Here are some of the highlights.

President Peñalver standing in front of SU’s Centennial Fountain
Eduardo Peñalver interacting with students during outdoor campus events.

Engaging with students during Welcome Week activities.

Seattle University students gather the bell tower bell on campus with SU's new President

Seattle University students gather with President Peñalver for the “Ring In” of the new school year by the bell tower on campus.

Eduardo Peñalver standing alongside five alumni.

The president meets with SU alumni who are all legislators.

Eduardo Peñalver standing on stage in SU regalia. 

Eduardo Peñalver on stage for his inauguration at Benaroya Hall.

President Peñalver and Edgar Martinez posing on campus.

A big Mariners fan, the president meets with Mariners legend Edgar Martinez.

SU Rector Arturo Araujo, S.J., embracing President Peñalver near cathedral altar.

President Peñalver is embraced by SU Rector Arturo Araujo, S.J., at the Inauguration Mass at St. James Cathedral.

President Peñalver sits among spectators at Climate Pledge Arena.

President Peñalver catches men’s basketball in action at Climate Pledge Arena.

President Peñalver, Father Steve and the Sinegals cutting ceremony ribbon with large scissors.

The president joins Jim Sinegal and President Emeritus Stephen Sundborg, S.J., at the ribbon cutting for the Jim and Janet Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation.

President Peñalver standing behind a podium while speaking to a class.

Speaking to students at the School of Law.

President Peñalver speaking with two event attendees.

President Peñalver speaks with attendees of the “Meet 22 in ‘22” roadshow at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco on March 15. This was the first stop in a series of presidential roadshows.

U.S. Representative Sharice Davids receiving honorary doctorate from President Eduardo Peñalver and Provost Shane Martin.

President Peñalver and Provost Shane P. Martin present an honorary doctorate to U.S. Representative Sharice Davids during this year’s Commencement.

Eduardo Peñalver walking his dog Griffey through campus.

Eduardo Peñalver walking his dog Griffey through campus.

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