When a school has been around since 1885, it’s going to have traditions — plenty of them. These unique, time-honored annual traditions help make your Saint Thomas Academy experience unforgettable.
Baccalaureate Mass and Awards Dinner
Graduating seniors and their families celebrate their achievements at a special Mass followed by an awards dinner held the week of graduation ceremonies in June.
Each year, a senior is selected by a panel of administration and teachers to be promoted to Cadet Colonel, the highest promotion that a Cadet can attain.
Catholic Schools Week
Campus Ministry oversees the activities of this special week, usually celebrated in late January or early February. Saint Thomas Academy honors its history and highlights the benefits of attending a Catholic school.
Each class enjoys the camaraderie of a retreat, which brings students into greater harmony with themselves, their classmates and with God. Our Freshmen and senior students enjoy the experience of an overnight retreat.
The first Friday of each month, all fathers and sons are invited to share in a special mass in our Saint Thomas Academy community chapel. Each spring, cadets enjoy the beloved annual tradition of a Father/Son banquet.
Held in June, Graduation is one of Saint Thomas Academy's most impressive traditions. Cadets receive their diplomas in their Class A uniforms and then gather in front of family and friends on the steps of the Saint Paul Cathedral to chant the fight song and toss their caps into the air.
The boys march in reviews for alumni, grandparents and the Brigade Formal Inspection.
An important rite of passage at Saint Thomas Academy - each senior delivers a speech to all of his brother cadets highlighting his experience, lessons learned and memories of his time at the Academy. Each senior works closely with a faculty member to craft their speech and hone their oratory skills.
A highlight of each long Minnesota winter, Winter Week features a week full of themed days, games, contests and activities such as Trenchball. Trenchball is the Academy's version of dodgeball.