Seton Hall University
Students walking in Bethany Hall with the statue of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton watching over them.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Charter Day

Thursday, March 25, 2021
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Charter Day celebrates the founding of Seton Hall in 1856 and the granting of our charter by the New Jersey State legislature in 1861. It is a special annual opportunity to reflect on our history and purpose, our Catholic identity and mission. 

This year's commemoration included the presentation of the 2020 and 2021 Bishop Bernard J. McQuaid Medal for Distinguished Service, awarded annually to long-serving employees for distinguished service and commitment to the University’s mission. Recipients of the 2020 and 2021 President’s Award for Student Service along with Servant Leader Scholars were also recognized. 

This year’s theme was one of a unified, diverse community, who, over a very challenging year, had shown resiliency and strength in its love for the University.  

Shawna Cooper-Gibson, Ed.D., Vice President of Student Services, co-chair of the University’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and recent recipient of the NASPA African American Knowledge Community Sankofa Award, served as the keynote speaker.

McQuaid Medalists

This honor is awarded to long-serving employees for their commitment to the University's mission and for providing outstanding service to the University by doing exceptional work in their own position and the larger University community.

President's Award for Student Service

For this award, Seton Hall students nominate University employees who demonstrate their dedication to ensuring student success.