Events and Initiatives

As the 150th Anniversary Task Force and the University community work together to manage the impact of the global health pandemic, programming and events for the celebration year are being re-imagined and many have been transitioned into virtual events.

For up-to-date programs and events, please visit the University calendar.   

Photo and Video Gallery Join the Celebration Form 150th Anniversary Scholarship Fund


Being faithful to the mission is what enables St. John’s to be the life-changing place that it has been for 150 years. With your continued support, our mission endures, grows, and thrives—just as St. John’s University has done since its humble beginnings. Your gift to the special anniversary scholarship fund will ensure that the University can continue to provide the same opportunities to students, regardless of financial need.

For a limited time, donors of $10 or more to the 150th Anniversary Scholarship Fund will receive a special edition, St. John's face mask like the one pictured.  

Female student wearing red face mask with the St. John's Athletics logo

In celebration of St. John’s sesquicentennial anniversary, the University has composed a special prayer reflecting on the blessings of our past, the opportunities of our present, and the prospect of a bright future.

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Between September and June, on the 15th of the month, a Then & Now poster will be distributed to the University community via email. Posters will also be available for download from the website. These posters will display photographs dating as far back as the 1900's and will juxtapose them with more current day images of similar situations and locations. Be sure to collect all 10 of them! 

  • “Then and Now” Digital Poster #PDF | JPEG
  • “Then and Now” Digital Poster #2 PDF | JPEG
  • “Then and Now” Digital Poster #3 PDF | JPEG
  • “Then and Now” Digital Poster #4 PDF | JPEG
  • “Then and Now” Digital Poster #5 PDF | JPEG
  • "Then and Now" Digital Poster #6 PDF | JPEG
  • "Then and Now" Digital Poster #7 PDF | JPEG
  • "Then and Now" Digital Poster #8 PDF | JPEG
  • "Then and Now" Digital Poster #9 PDF | JPEG
  • "Then and Now" Digital Poster #10 PDF | JPEG
150th Anniversary Car Decal

Starting in August, commemorative car decals will be distributed with campus parking passes. Those members of the University community who request a parking pass will receive a special anniversary decal. If you are not requesting a parking pass, you can fill out this form to request a car decal and you will receive a decal in the mail in September.

150th Anniversary Lapel Pin

In celebration of St. John's 150th anniversary, a commemorative lapel pin was designed to mark this milestone occasion. The lapel pin carries the 150th logo and theme "Faithful to the Mission." These limited released pins were distributed to employees, student leaders, and University leaders in October 2020.

The Department of Art and Design, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Yeh Art Gallery will present work by students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program, as well as alumni, that reflects on and interprets the anniversary theme “150 Years: Faithful to Mission.” Students, and alumni, will exhibit visual works of art that embody the core values of St. John’s University, including love, opportunity, respect, service, excellence, and truth. This exhibition will be included alongside the annual BFA student show in May 2021. There will be an open house reception from 1pm-5pm on Tuesday, May 11, and the exhibition will be on view until June 30.

Commemorative Academic Attire Patch

The graduates from the Class of 2021 will receive a Commemorative 150th anniversary patch to affix on their academic attire. The limited edition patch will be included with your academic attire purchase and shipped to your home.

Commemorative Athletic Patch for Uniforms 150th Anniversary

Between August 1, 2020 and July 1, 2021, the St. John’s University athletic uniforms will carry a Commemorative 150th anniversary patch in honor of the University’s milestone anniversary. 

Research Month

Female student standing infront of her research poster

Student Research Competition: The History of St. John’s - Queens Campus

  • To engage the St. John's student community in an active educational learning experience examining the University’s history
  • To contribute to the intellectual capital of the University through collective research
  • To facilitate student engagement through sponsorship of a history-focused research competition as part of the 2021 Research Month Program

In celebration of the 150th Anniversary, a new student category will be added to the upcoming 2021 Research Month Program: The History of St. John’s. Eligible students will provide poster or oral presentations examining some aspect of the University’s history. The addition of this component (The History of St. John’s) will contribute to the 150th Anniversary by examining various areas of the institution’s history through the eyes of both undergraduate and graduate student researchers.

This event is coordinated by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research, and the Office of the Provost.

For more information about Research Month, please contact Dr. Andre McKenzie at [email protected], 718-990-1892 or Dr. Susie Pak at [email protected], 718-990-7471.

Faithful to the Mission: Following the Arc of Our Institution’s History - Staten Island

  • Support and sustain student-faculty engagement through research
  • Engage faculty and students with our institution’s history and the Staten Island community
  • Apply Vincentian mission to research and pedagogy
  • Showcase 150th anniversary at 2021 Research Month

“Faithful to the Mission: Following the Arc of our Institution’s History on Staten Island” begins with a “request for proposals” issued to faculty in late summer 2020 for collaborative faculty teaching and research projects that stretch over the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. In Fall 2020, the Office of the Vice Provost Office will select the faculty members who will be awarded grants.

This year-long research project engages faculty, students, and the Staten Island campus in the past, present, and future of our institution’s Vincentian mission while strengthening its connection to the Staten Island community.

Coordinated by the Office of the Vice Provost, Staten Island campus. For more information, please contact Dr. Robert Fanuzzi at [email protected] or 718-390-4266.