75th Anniversary of
Salve Regina

Fulfilling the Mercy Promise

75th Anniversary of Salve Regina

Salve Regina first opened its doors nearly 75 years ago, in September 1947. To commemorate this milestone, a yearlong celebration will highlight the continued development of our academic community and honor 75 years of mercy in higher education. In celebrating our 75th anniversary, we recognize Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy, who as leaders of change since 1831 have responded with one voice to the unmet needs of the times.

Our 75th anniversary celebration will take place between September 2022 and September 2023. Throughout our anniversary year, we will share our history as a transformative, academic community and showcase how we are fulfilling the mercy promise of giving light to those around us, seeking where we can make an impact, and working for a world that is harmonious, just and merciful.

Events and programming will be added to this webpage and the University calendar as they are confirmed.

75th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Mercy Tea: Formed in Mercy - My Salve Regina Story
2 p.m., Ochre Court
Inspired by Catherine McAuley's love for a "comfortable cup of tea," the mercy tea will bring together voices from across the campus community to share their Salve Regina stories and memories. The event will feature a traditional afternoon tea menu and will provide an abbreviated mid-day sabbath for attendees to celebrate the University's history while being nourished by food and good company.


Friday, Sept. 23

Day of Service
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ochre Court
Salve Regina students, faculty and staff will join together in a community service project to benefit the Confetti Foundation, an organization whose mission is to ensure that children who must spend their birthday in a hospital, pediatric oncology clinic or hospice facility are able to enjoy a birthday party with all the trimmings. Members of the University community are also encouraged to participate in a blood drive as part of the day of service.


Carrying the Light of Mercy: Opening Ceremony
6 p.m., Gerety Hall gates
Inspired by the ritual of Providence's WaterFire, the University will host a grand-scale illuminated walk highlighting Salve Regina's mercy heritage and history, beginning at the gates of Gerety Hall. This artistic storytelling experience will showcase students, alumni and community members, who will lead attendees along a torch- and bonfire-lit path to share Salve Regina's story and Catherine McAuley's mercy influence.


Carrying the Light of Mercy: Hunger Concert
7 p.m., Gerety Hall lawn
The annual Hunger Concert is a Fall Festival Weekend tradition featuring student musical performances. This year's event will once again encourage donations to benefit local soup kitchens.


Saturday, Sept. 24

Saturday Seminars: Salve Regina and Our Mercy Mission
10 a.m., O'Hare Academic Building
In two morning sessions, University faculty will host seminars offering a glimpse of the Salve Regina academic experience, with topics including the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, the University mission and the history of Salve Regina.


Seahawk Village
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gerety Hall and McKillop Library lawns
Seahawk Village is your one stop for engagement with the campus community through fun activities, informational booths, live music and local food favorites. Connect with the Salve Regina community at this event that features something for the whole family.


Heritage Walk
1 and 3 p.m., meet at Ochre Court
Led by Dr. John Quinn, professor in the Department of History, participants will walk around the core of Salve Regina's campus to discover how the University grew from one building in 1947 to more than 40 today. The walk will begin at Ochre Court and end at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel.


Pell Honors Reception
2:30 p.m., O'Hare Academic Building, Room 260
Alumni, parents and students from the Pell Honors Program are invited to an afternoon reception featuring a talk by Dr. Jameson Chace, professor and chair of the Department of Cultural, Environmental and Global Studies. Refreshments to follow.


Parent Reception
4-6 p.m., Ochre Court
Parents, this one is for you. Enjoy an evening with fellow Salve Regina parents in historic Ochre Court while learning how you can become more involved with the University.


McKillop Library
Alumni, students, faculty and staff are invited to share reflections on their experiences for the Salve Regina memory project. Participants will record oral histories through the StoryCorps app for submission to the collection managed by the Library of Congress.

Seahawk Athletics

  • Women's tennis hosts Roger Williams University, noon, Leroy Avenue tennis courts
  • Women's volleyball hosts Nichols College, 1 p.m., Rodgers Recreation Center
  • Women's soccer hosts University of New England, 1 p.m., Toppa Field
  • Men's soccer hosts University of New England, 4 p.m., Toppa Field

Sunday, Sept. 25

Mercy Day Mass and Social
Noon, Our Lady of Mercy Chapel
Celebrate the mercy community and life of the institution through prayer, praise and connection. Alumni, families, current students, faculty and are invited to participate in a liturgical celebration honoring the University's mercy heritage. A celebratory reception will be held following the liturgy in the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life.


Athletic Hall of Fame Induction and Brunch
2 p.m., Bazarsky Lecture Hall
Comprising the Athletic Hall of Fame's 14th induction class are Kelly Burke '13 (field hockey, lacrosse), Trish Cronin (coach, administrator, athletic trainer), Beth Gemma '95 (soccer, basketball), Sarah Jakiela '10 (softball), Ryan Kelly '16 (football, baseball), Mick Klitzner (coach, administrator), Brian Walker '09 (lacrosse) and Steven Wilken '14 (football). Visit the Athletic Hall of Fame website to learn more.


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Salve Regina University 75th Anniversary