Graduates and loved ones brought The-Hawk-Will-Never-Die spirit to Saturday’s Commencement ceremonies despite near record-high temperatures.
PHILADELPHIA (May 6, 2022) — Saint Joseph’s University has launched a historic $300 million comprehensive campaign — SOAR: The Campaign for Saint Joseph’s University — to fund multiple capital projects on its Hawk Hill campus, increase access to education through financial aid and scholarships, and further academic and mission innovation.
“Our plans are bold and they are critical in every way,” says President Mark C. Reed, Ed.D. “Our next steps forward will determine how Saint Joseph’s shapes tomorrow’s leaders who go out and make a direct and meaningful impact on our world.”
Of its $300-million goal, the comprehensive campaign will focus on three major priorities:
“Support from the Saint Joseph’s community has always driven our vision forward and the SOAR campaign will be no different,” says Joe Kender, vice president of university relations. “This campaign is our unwavering commitment to always strive for more.”
This campaign is our unwavering commitment to always strive for more.
In recent decades, the University has capitalized on timely opportunities to expand its footprint at a steady pace, nearly doubling its grounds to 125 acres. SOAR’s campus enhancement projects will leverage this strength:
"Hawk Hill is the place where students are challenged and supported to even greater academic excellence, where they discover more of themselves and the world, where leaders are formed," says James M. Norris ’85, chair of Saint Joseph’s Board of Trustees. “Place matters — and that is why these investments in Saint Joseph's campus are so critical.”
Already, the impact of SOAR: The Campaign for Saint Joseph’s can be seen on campus. The University recently completed renovations of the Frances M. Maguire Art Museum located within the Barnes Arboretum at Saint Joseph’s. The museum originally housed the famed Barnes impressionist collection, and will open again to visitors in spring of 2023 as a dynamic, modern educational gallery that also serves the surrounding community with K-12 programming.
To date, SOAR has already raised $140 million toward its goal. For more information, visit sju.edu/soar.