Shamrockin' In Spirit

Annual event canceled, but Royals can still make a difference in the lives of others.
Shamrockin' In Spirit

Earlier today, Fr. Pilarz announced to the University Community that, after careful consideration of CDC recommendations related to COVID-19, he made the difficult decision to cancel Shamrockin’ Eve for the first time in the event’s 12-year history.


"Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control provided additional guidance for colleges, universities and businesses regarding large events and activities," he wrote. "Acting on this advice but with a heavy heart, I wanted to share my decision to cancel our Shamrockin’ Eve celebration that was scheduled for Friday, March 13.


Across my two tenures as president of Scranton, the founding of Shamrockin’ Eve is among the decisions of which I am most pleased and proud. I am sure that you all share my disappointment but trust that you understand that I think it is warranted given the current circumstances around COVID-19."


In true Scranton fashion, many registrants have decided to turn a negative into a positive and donate their registration fee to the University’s SEED Program, which provides tuition to K-9th grade students at the Santa Luisa School in El Salvador.


“In the grand scheme of things, my $35 fee is already out of my pocket and it can provide a half-year of education to a student in El Salvador. I’m Shamrockin’ in spirit!” said Emily Erickson ’19.


To join Shamrockers in shining some unexpected luck on this deserving group of children, click here to make a contribution. Every $60 raised funds a full-year tuition for one student.


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