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History and Tradition

Saint Xavier University is rich with history and tradition, part of what makes the university experience so unique and memorable.

SXU History


Mary's Circle

Spirit of mercy day

To open the academic year each September, SXU celebrates Spirit of Mercy Day, blending two revered traditions -- the Mass of the Holy Spirit, which opens the school year at Catholic institutions, and Mercy Day, which honors the start of Mercy education in Dublin, Ireland in September 1827.


Mission day

Each March, SXU highlights the service aspect of its Mission Statement by conferring three awards for outstanding service -- one each to a student, a staff member, and a faculty member. The Mission Day awards ceremony is open to all University members.

 Mission Day Awards