St. Thomas University Experience

Week of Welcome (W.O.W.)

The St. Thomas University Week of Welcome is hosted by Student Affairs. The goal is to provide students and parents the foundation for a holistic approach on transitioning to college life from high school or from another college or university to STU. New and transfer students along with their parents will attend this event for information about academic programs, social and personal growth, health and wellness, intramurals, and university resources. Administrators, faculty, staff and students are brought together to demonstrate how the St. Thomas family begins the process of developing “Leaders for Life.”

The Week of Welcome offers you the opportunity to:

  • Meet your fellow students
  • Meet key administrators and faculty and staff
  • Meet the Student Government Association (SGA) & other student leaders
  • Learn how to become a leader for life through student leadership and involvement


For questions regarding the St. Thomas Experience, please contact John Jackson at

Friday, August 23, 2019 

Mandatory for all First-Year Students

Welcome BBQ Luncheon
Time: 12:00pm – 1:45pm
Location: Bobcat Dining Hall

Class Photo
Time: 1:45pm – 2:15pm
Location: Plaza Kelly

Mass & First-Year Convocation 

Time: 2:30pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Chapel of St. Anthony & Convocation Hall
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Line-up & Procession
3:00pm – 3:45pm: Mass
3:45 pm – 4:30 pm: First-Year Convocation Ceremony

8:00pm – 11:00pm

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Bobcat Community Service Project
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Charnow Park/Hollywood Beach
300 Connecticut St. Hollywood FL. 33019

Bobcat First Year Social
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Student Center Lobby & Rathskellar

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Mass & Ice Cream Social
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Chapel of St. Anthony

Monday, August 26, 2019

Bobcat Talks (Keys to Success)
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Rathskellar

Laser Tag
Time: 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: Villanova Courtyard

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Epic Arcade Game Night
Time: 8:00 pm – 11:00pm
Location: Student Center Lobby & Rathskellar

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Common Hour Kickoff “School Pride”
Time: 12:15pm – 1:30pm
Location: Student Center Pavilion

International Student Orientation
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Bobcat Hall of Fame

IGNITE the Year! Young Adult Group
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Rathskellar

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Headphone Party
Time: 10:00pm – 2:00am
Location: Fernandez Family Center (FFC)

Friday, August 30, 2019

Comedy Festival
Time: 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Convocation Hall

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Movie under the Stars

Time: 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Baseball Field