Students and faculty celebrate St. Tatiana’s Day
Students and faculty celebrate St. Tatiana’s Day USU community celebrated St. Tatiana’s Day, dubbed as Russian Students Day, with a lively student and faculty party in the recently established Art studio on January 25. The festivities kicked off with a brief formal ceremony where the university rector read out an address of Russian Ministry of Education and wished everyone a happy Student Day.
The festive concert afterwards featured top USU performing groups — singers, dancers, stand-up comics. The show hosts shared with the audience details of the holiday’s history and entertained it with fun quizzes and contests.
St. Tatiana’s Day is named after a Christian martyr that lived in the 3rd century Rome during the reign of Emperor Alexander Severus.
In 1755, on the name day of Tatiana Shuvalova, mother of the first Russian Minister of Education Ivan Shuvalov, Empress Elizabeth endorsed his petition to establish a university in Moscow. The church of Saint Tatiana was later built on the university campus and the Russian Orthodox Church declared Saint Tatiana the patron saint of students.