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125th Anniversary Events

Anniversary Celebration Week

Wednesday, September 12-Thursday, September 20

In September 2012, we will mark the start of University's 125th academic year and the School of Law's Centennial year with a week of celebrations.

Throughout Anniversary Celebration Week, there will be opportunities for the Gonzaga community to partake in some of our most time-honored and sacred traditions, time to celebrate those that make the Gonzaga Experience come to life every day, and events to welcome the Spokane community on to campus to help us celebrate. Plan now to join us.

125th Mass of the Holy Spirit

Wednesday, Sept.12 , 11:15 a.m.
St. Aloysius Church

The Mass is perhaps Gonzaga's most sacred tradition. Since 1887, members of the Gonzaga community and Spokane community have come together to mark the beginning of the academic year and welcome the grace of a greater being into the hearts of the Gonzaga community. The Mass is open and accommodating to persons of all faith backgrounds in the Gonzaga community, St. Aloysius parish and Spokane community. A special homily, musical arrangements and recognition of the Jesuit community will be offered to commemorate this momentous occasion.

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Saturday, Sept. 15 (Buses leave 6:30 a.m.)
Mission of the Sacred Heart, Cataldo, Idaho

Pilgrimage is open to all members of the Gonzaga Community – students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Whether you've never been on Pilgrimage or wish to experience it again, this is the opportunity to make this outdoor, spiritual journey and discover Gonzaga's Jesuit heritage of faith and justice. The classic route is 11 miles through the beautiful North Idaho wilderness with frequent quiet time to reflect on prayers and blessings.

The journey ends at the historic Mission of the Sacred Heart in Cataldo, Idaho, where participants will join members of the Coeur d' Alene Tribe, Gonzaga Jesuits, President McCulloh and others for a celebration of the Eucharist followed by a complimentary lunch – that includes huckleberry ice cream for dessert! Alumni, faculty and staff may opt to welcome the pilgrims to the Mission at approximately 1:00 p.m. and join them for mass and lunch. There is no cost of for this option, but we ask that you still register at the link below.

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View Pilgrimage Speech by President McCulloh »

Historic First Day of Classes

Monday, Sept. 17

On this day, the entire Gonzaga community will celebrate as we recognize the historic date that classes at the University were first held back in 1887. It will be a day to celebrate the community of our University and celebrate and thank all of those who have helped make us who we are: the Spokane community, our students, faculty, staff and their families.

Mass, 12:10 p.m., University Chapel

The Spokane community and all Gonzaga students, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to attend a special Mass in the University Chapel at 12:10 p.m.

Campus-Wide Celebration, 4-7 p.m., Foley Lawn

The festivities continue later in the day as invite all Gonzaga students, faculty, staff, and their families to a Campus-Wide Celebration on the Foley Lawn and the Quad. The event will feature a food fair with many culinary styles, live cupcake decorating and other desserts, a kids’ area, games, music, photo booths and brief reflections from President McCulloh. Learn more and find out how to get your free tickets to this event. (Tickets are required to attend.)

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Constitution Day Lecture

"A Partnership To Be Looked Upon With Other Reverence . . . Or What The Broken Jaw of a Green Plastic Alligator Can Teach Us About Our Country and About Gonzaga University"
Monday, Sept. 17, Cataldo Hall, 7 p.m.

Recognize the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. Dr. Blaine Garvin, interim dean for the College of Arts and Sciences and renown professor of political science, will give a lecture at 7 p.m. in Cataldo Hall on the history of the constitution in the context of a United States presidential election year and Gonzaga’s 125th Anniversary. This event will conclude Gonzaga's 125th Anniversary Historic First Day celebrations.

School of Law Centennial Speaker - Scott Turow

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012,7 p.m.
Martin Centre Gym, Gonzaga Campus

The Gonzaga University School of Law is proud to invite acclaimed author Scott Turow to campus to kick off its Centennial year celebrations. In addition to penning best sellers such as Presumed Innocent, Turow continues to work as an attorney and is involved with a number of charitable causes, including organizations that promote literacy, education, and legal rights.

To learn more and RSVP for this event, contact Brooke Ellis at or call 509.313.3759.

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