On a selected date each March, Saint Xavier University celebrates Mission Day, a University-wide observance focused on the closing phrases of the University Mission Statement; that is, the call to educated persons to "serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good." Mission Day spotlights the University's core values of service, excellence, hospitality and integrity through the presentation of three service awards to individuals who exemplify these values.
The annual service awards include:
- Saint Xavier University Award for a faculty member
- Sister Isidore Perrigo, R.S.M. Award for a staff member
- Mother Paulita Morris, R.S.M. Award for a student
Award recipients are selected by committees of their peers from nominations submitted by members of the University community. The annual awards presentation ceremony, attended by family members and other guests of each recipient, as well as by members of the University community, is the centerpiece of each Mission Day and is followed by a congratulatory reception.
Coordinated by the director of Mission and Heritage, Mission Day complements two other all-University traditions -- Mercy Day in September and Founders' Day in December. All three annual events enrich the University community by attending to the essentials of SXU's Catholic identity, Mercy heritage and educational mission.