50th Anniversary

Fifty Years in Spain

Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus is celebrating 50 years of teaching ‘Global Billikens'. For five decades, students from more than 65 different countries have followed in the footsteps of St. Ignatius of Loyola as they pursued their education at the Madrid Campus. SLU-Madrid is honored to celebrate 50 years of supporting these students in their pursuit of truth and development as men and women for others.

SLU-Madrid's 50th Anniversary coincides with the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the University in the United States in 1818. In honor of the two anniversaries, SLU-Madrid held Anniversary Events on March 7, 2018.

The celebratory events kicked off with Mass at the Church of San Francisco de Borja (C/ Serrano, 104, Madrid) at 10:30 a.m. His Eminence, the Most Reverend Cardinal Carlos Osoro, Archbishop of the Dioceses of Madrid presided over the mass.Next on the program of events was the Honorary Degree Conferral Ceremony, which took place in the Auditorium of "Colegio Nuestra Señora del Buen Consejo" (C/ Juan Montalvo 30, Madrid) at 12:30 p.m. SLU-Madrid was honored to laude the accomplishments of Rev. Enrique Figaredo, S.J., Ms. Isabel Gómez-Acebo and Mr. José María Merino. A reception followed at Saint Louis University – Madrid Campus, San Ignacio Hall (C/ Amapolas 3, Madrid).

Find out more about the distinguished Spaniards who received honorary doctorates >>

The transcription of the speeches is available here >>

There was also an informal get-together for SLU-Madrid Alumni at 8:00 p.m. in Ramses.Life (Puerta de Alcalá. Plaza Independencia 4, Madrid). 

200-Years-In-One Challenge

As part of the anniversary celebration, SLU-Madrid invites students, alumni, faculty and staff to take part in the University-wide 200-Years-in-One Challenge. Across the two campuses, the SLU community is recording hours of volunteer service with the goal of reaching a total donation of 200 years (more than 1.7 million hours) of service in a single year.

50 Years of History in Spain

SLU-Madrid was among the first American universities to open a permanent campus in Europe. Rev. Raymond L. Sullivant, S.J. launched the Madrid Campus as a modest study abroad program in the 1960s. Its success led Father Sullivant to offer classes in conjunction with the University of Comillas, a Spanish Jesuit university, and ultimately to establish an independent, permanent program in 1967. Five decades later, SLU-Madrid is a leader in international education, providing students with life-changing experiences in Spain.

Read a detailed history of SLU-Madrid >>

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