August 3, 2016

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The University of Saint Francis is inviting the community to the grand opening celebration at the new USF Downtown on Tuesday, August 16. Several events are scheduled throughout the day to officially open the education spaces in downtown Fort Wayne.

Grand Opening Schedule of Events:

9:30 a.m. – Business Center Blessing and Ribbon Cutting

The day begins with a special blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony with Bishop Kevin Rhoades from the Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend along with several community and USF dignitaries.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. – Open House and Block Party

A festive block party begins at 11 a.m. and will feature music and food trucks over the lunch hour. The public is welcome to enjoy the fun and get a sneak peek at the new USF Downtown.

Visitors can tour the USF Business Center at 826 Ewing Street (former Chamber of Commerce building), which is now the home for the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership. This facility also houses the university’s META (Media Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts) program and the Risk Management and Insurance program.

At 431 W. Berry Street, visitors can tour the Music Technology Center, which features state-of-the-art audio engineering equipment, along with innovative performance spaces and recording studios. USF students will study and learn in studios designed with help from professionals employed by music industry leader Sweetwater.

5:05 p.m. – Greater Fort Wayne. Inc. reception

Greater Fort Wayne is hosting their “Meet Me at 5:05” reception at USF Downtown to cap off the evening. More information about this event, and a link to register can be found at


Founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. The university will open a Downtown Fort Wayne Campus in the fall of 2016 that will feature business, entrepreneurship and music technology programs. Currently 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.