Santamarian Ceremony

Saint Mary’s has a longstanding commitment to respectful behaviour. The Santamarian Ceremony is an event where University members share with new students the core values of academic integrity, the pursuit of knowledge, responsiveness to community needs, openness to change, and concerns for a just and civil society. The Santamarian Ceremony, a traditional-style matriculation ceremony welcomes new students to the Saint Mary’s community and serves multiple purposes. It is a formal venue for welcoming new students, for inspiring commitment to the convocation, which involves a similar type of ceremony, and for introducing our core values as an institution. During the Ceremony, students are introduced to the Declaration_of_Respect-09_2020 and the Santamarian Principles of Conduct.

Fall 2021 Santamarian Ceremony

1. Signing of the university register - All new students are invited to sign the university register. These signatures are printed and bound in books that are kept at the university. To sign the university register, click here.

2. Join us for a live session after you watch the Ceremony video - On Sunday, January 9th, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Atlantic Time Zone), students and parents / supporters are invited to join for a live session after viewing the Santamarian Ceremony video. This is an opportunity to reflect with staff from Student Affairs & Services on the values discussed in the Ceremony video. Wear SMU colours or change your Zoom background to show your SMU pride! Also have a piece of paper and a marker ready for this session. We'll let you know when it's time to use them. Sign up to attend this session here. When you sign up for this session, you'll also receive a reminder when the video and register are ready for you. All new students who attend the live session can receive a Santamarian T-shirt gift shipped to your home. During the session, you will be invited to fill out a form indicating your mailing address and t-shirt size.

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