First Day for First-Years


Friday, August 21, 2015

Thank you for your interest in the First Day for First-Years (FDFY) Parent Program on Friday, August 21, 2015. Online registration is now closed. Walk-in registration will be available the day of the event. The parent/family schedule for the day is as follows:

Free parking is available in Lot 1 -- just west of the Shannon Center off of 103rd Street as well as Lot 12 -- south of the Warde Academic Center. (Campus Map available here.)

If you have questions about the parent program, please contact the Office for Student Affairs at 773-298-3123 or studentaffairs@sxu.edu.

Se ofrecerá una sesión en español para los padres/guardianes.

More About the Parent Program at First Day for First-Years

FDFY is a day-long program designed to welcome all new first-year students to the academic community and to allow them, and you, to experience a unique SXU tradition. The day will begin with a presentation from Sister Kathy Thornton, RSM, who will focus on the "Critical Concerns" of the Sisters of Mercy, how these relate to the first-year common reading (Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by religious studies scholar Karen Armstrong), and the Sisters' work with social justice and environmental sustainability. After that, parents and guardians are invited to join us for information sessions that focus on supporting your student throughout the first year and beyond. Directly following the parent sessions, you are welcome to join us as the students participate in the New Student Induction at 11:30 a.m. At the ceremony, students will be greeted by the President of the University, Christine M. Wiseman, J.D., the vice presidents and deans, as well as the faculty and staff of the University. During the Induction students will be presented with a Saint Xavier Medallion to symbolize their membership in the SXU community and the beginning of their academic career. Additionally, students will receive a University prayer book, a resource for those of all faith traditions. Immediately following the ceremony, we invite you to join us for an All-Campus Picnic on the Smith-Morris Quad. The parent events will conclude by 2:30 p.m.