Graphic map showing location of Chapel Lawn

Celebrate the Heart of Campus

The iconic Chapel Lawn, found front and center at the campus’ entrance, hosts BBQs, celebrations, fundraisers, festivals, and more all year long. Between special occasions, it’s a great place to relax, throw a Frisbee, read, or catch a glimpse of the local wildlife. (Deer love the lawn!)

Students with their arms up sliding down a large slide during a carnival on chapel lawn
A girl in down dog yoga pose smiling up at a goat on her back
Students on the chapel lawn playing sock toss and laughing

Student Life

Throughout the year, fun events and activities occur on campus, from bubble soccer to Foamchella to goat yoga. In the springtime, you can celebrate Holi, a traditional Indian festival of colors, or catch the campus food truck parked by the lawn. No matter what you’re interested in, there’s always fun to be found on the Chapel Lawn.

A student leaning back yelling on an inflated pool toy sliding down a foam slip and slide
A girl standing up with a plate and cup in her hand smiling during an event on the chapel lawn


The academic year kicks off with the Farewell Family BBQ for students beginning their journey at Saint Mary’s. When the weather’s nice, campus BBQs (aka free food for students!) also take place on the lawn.

A girl standing up with a plate and cup in her hand smiling during an event on the chapel lawn


At the end of the year, the Chapel Lawn is the most coveted spot for Grad Grounds. Graduating students can rent a plot of land on campus for the day to host a post graduation celebration. The Commencement ceremony is held in the stadium, but the after-party takes place all over campus!

A female graduate smiling at the camera with her parents on either side and a 2019 inflatable balloon sign behind her
A girl with a lay on holding her arms up and smiling on chapel lawn with graduation plots behind her
Four students with graduation gowns smiling in front of the chapel lawn
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