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Founder's Day Homecoming  
School Song Thanksgiving Dinner  

Alpha Delta Awards

Held annually on the same day as the Founder's Day celebration, the Alpha Delta Awards recognize outstanding student contributions to service and leadership. More...


In the fall, Convocation is held as a ceremonial way to officially begin the academic year and welcome new students on their academic journey. The whole campus community is invited to participate in this celebration. Special recognition is given to scholarship recipients at this time.

ISAC Fall Festival

Each semester, faculty members from ISAC (Integrative Studies across Cultures) present the ISAC Fall Festival (once known as the CORE Festival). This event celebrates multicultural diversity through dramatic performances, song, dance, and food. Students in the ISAC classes take part in the organization, implementation and entertainment for the festival. The celebration takes place in the St. Francis courtyard during lunchtime.

Founders' Day

The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, a religious congregation of the Roman Catholic Church, founded Holy Names University. In 1868, six members of this teaching order came to Oakland from Montreal, Canada, to establish a school for girls on the shores of Lake Merritt.

Upon arrival, May 10, the weary but excited travelers were greeted with great warmth and provided with a snack of strawberries and cream--an exotic treat at this time of the year for the Sisters from Canada. Each year, the religious faculty and staff continue to commemorate Holy Names’ beginning in California by serving strawberries to the students, staff, and faculty on Founders' Day.

Presently, the Founder’s Day celebration, which is usually observed early in spring, includes student leadership and academic recognition, as well as staff and faculty service awards.


Each fall, Holy Names’ alumni return to their alma mater for Homecoming. The office of Alumni Relations sponsors this event. Alumni celebrate Mass and dine with former classmates and professors. Awards are given to faculty and alumni for service to the University and the community-at-large.

School Song

Text Box: O HOLY NAMES, ALL HAIL!  O Holy Names, all hail!  Our loyalty you claim.  With courage strong  We’ll  carry on  For God and country’s name.  With honor ever bright,  Nobility and right,  In God we trust for strength and might,  To Him we turn for guiding light,  While loyal hearts acclaim  Our alma mater’s name.  O Holy Names, all hail!  We’ll cheer the red and white!  Courageous and true,  We’ll live for you  And keep our banner bright.  Whatever life may yield, Let honor be our shield.  May ev’ry deed a tribute be  To faith and true nobility,  While loyal hearts acclaim  Our alma mater’s name















Thanksgiving Dinner


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