We Invite You to Join Us

Since our founding in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, 23 presidents have led St. Edward’s University, shaping the foundation for our continuing rise as a premier private university. Each president has placed the university’s Catholic Holy Cross mission at the forefront of their leadership, building upon our fundamental values of academic excellence, social justice, service to others and transformative educational opportunities for students from all walks of life.

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We are excited to formally welcome
our 24th president

Dr. Montserrat ‘Montse’ Fuentes

whose leadership is deeply inspired
by the Holy Cross tradition.

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Please join us on the hilltop to celebrate this
historic inauguration of the university’s first Hispanic president 
and her vision for the future of St. Edward’s.


Friday, February 25

A Call to Service and Justice

In support of our commitment to a more just world, students, faculty, staff, trustees and alumni are invited to participate in diverse service events and social justice presentations.

1:30–4:30 p.m.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel

Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, is by invitation due to the limited seating capacity of the chapel. The Mass will also be livestreamed on our Campus Ministry YouTube channel

5 p.m.


Saturday, February 26

Presidential Inauguration and Investiture

The St. Edward’s University Board of Trustees welcomes President Montserrat Fuentes at the front steps of historic Main Building, which overlooks the Austin skyline. 

11 a.m.

Celebration and Campuswide Activities

On this occasion, we honor the unique character of St. Edward’s, inspired by our Holy Cross mission, diverse and inclusive community, and location in Austin, Texas. Celebration activities will include a barbecue lunch, academic showcase, art exhibit, dance performance, live music and hillside fireworks looking toward downtown Austin.

noon–8 p.m.

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Additional schedule details will be provided soon. Please check this page frequently for updates.

Meet the President

Dr. Montserrat Fuentes is the 24th President of St. Edward’s. She brings a commanding knowledge of higher education, an emphasis on world-class scholarship and teaching, and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion to her leadership of St. Edward’s.


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