Saint Mary’s College, the home of the Gael, is 150 years old! We think that calls for a celebration. No, a Gaelebration! Join us as we commemorate our sesquicentennial with a year full of events — from the serious to the seriously fun. It’s the Year of the Gael!


Creative Writing Reading Series: Robert Hass and Tom Meschery

Wednesday, September 12, 7-8:30 p.m., Soda Center

Join two of SMC’s most celebrated poets — former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass and Tom Meschery, a Renaissance man who is also a former NBA player and award-winning teacher. More information at  MFA in Creative Writing.

The Sesquicentennial Mass

Saturday, September 15, 2012, 5 p.m., Saint Mary's Chapel

Join us in the Chapel, the heart of Saint Mary’s College, for this Mass to mark the official beginning of our Sesquicentennial celebrations. Stay for the grand reception that follows on the Chapel lawn.

The Great Interfaith Conversation

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7 p.m., Soda Center

A Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu interfaith panel on interfaith issues in the 21st Century.

Gaelebration – A celebration of Saint Mary’s 150th Anniversary

Saturday, October 6, 2012, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Gaelebration is the first official party of the Sesquicentennial year. It’s also the College’s  open house! The entire Saint Mary’s family is invited. That includes alumni, friends and, actually, everyone in the Bay Area. We’ll showcase what makes Saint Mary’s special — with interactive displays, live music and drama, rides, athletic and academic demonstrations, gourmet food trucks and more. It’s a GAELEBRATION! And it’s free and open to the public. RSVP Today!

The Year of the Great(est) Conversation(s): The Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 7 p.m., Soda Center

A key foundation for the Catholic intellectual tradition is the pursuit of truth and the dialogue between faith and reason. We celebrate this important tradition with this symposium featuring Bishop Marcelo Sanchez-Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Science and chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, who will be the keynote speaker. The College will also recognize him as our Montini Fellow for this academic year. The Montini Fellowship is an award granted by the Bishop John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture and Action, which is based at Saint Mary's. 

The Year of the Great(est) Conversation(s): The Liberal Arts and the Common Good: Educating Citizens in the 21st Century

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 7 p.m., Soda Center

Students with a liberal arts education represent a stunningly large percentage of America’s leaders in virtually every field of endeavor. It is the most practical preparation for entering a world that is changing in ways we cannot foresee. Paradoxically, however, the demand for a narrower, career-focused education is increasing, distorting the qualities the make a liberal arts education so successful. How can a liberal arts education continue to meet society’s long-term needs for intellectual and democratic capital? How can it provide access to a more fulfilling life for students from groups who have historically been underserved by higher education? How should it prepare our workforce to function in a culturally diverse, globally interdependent and technologically sophisticated world? This event will address the future of the liberal arts’ perennial commitment to educating responsible, democratic citizens.

Sesquicentennial Gala

Saturday, November 3, 2012, 6-11 p.m., Treasure Island

With the spectacular backdrop of San Francisco’s city lights, the “Jewel of the Bay” on Treasure Island is Saint Mary’s black-tie event of the Sesquicentennial year. The evening begins with a reception in Building One, a historic structure originally constructed for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, followed by a tented dinner under the stars (with those aforementioned dramatic views). Proceeds from the "Jewel of the Bay" gala will benefit Saint Mary's student aid.

Global Economic Forum: Corporate Social Responsibility in a Global Context

November 14, 2012, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, San Francisco

The Great Economic Recession and its aftermath has left the world in turmoil and facing uncertain prospects with  uneven and slow growth. The events leading up to the recession and its aftermath have also generated greater scrutiny of business. The momentous changes of the last five years have resulted in a clamor for business to rethink its role and responsibilities toward society. Better governance and responsible leadership are being demanded by stakeholders and shareholders alike. What does business need to do to reposition itself in the current environment to provide active and responsible leadership while re-igniting economic growth to better the lot of humanity?  Speakers include Dr. Edgard Habib, chief economist, Chevron Corporation; Kapil Sharma, senior general manager – North America, Tata Sons; and an executive from BlackRock Global (to be finalized). Sponsored by the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and Saint Mary’s College School of Economics and Business Administration.

The Year of the Great(est) Conversation(s): Michael Sandel on the Liberal Arts and the Common Good: Justice and Citizenship

February 25, 2013, Soda Center

Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980. His recent book, Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?, relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of our time.  His newest book, What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, was published in spring 2012.

The Year of the Great(est) Conversation(s): Lasallian Education in the 21st Century

April 23-24, 2013, Soda Center

On April 23, the "Living Lasallian Heritage” program will feature a panel of Brothers who will discuss how the Brothers adapt, change and respond to the times - serving the educational needs of youth and adults in the world today. On April 24, the annual Academic Convocation will be held to honor Brother  Alvaro Rodriquez Echeverria, superior general of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. He will speak on the mission of Lasallian education in the 21st century.

150th Anniversary Commencement

May 25-26, 2013

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