An Interactive Monument

The Encounter is meant to be experienced, engaged, and interacted with – whether its students sitting on the monument doing their homework on a beautiful day or there is a more formal ceremony surrounding it.

At the First Year Flyer Convocation in August, Lewis University’s newest students participate in a ceremony that includes walking through the doors of The Encounter and shaking the hands of the president, provost, and a group of De La Salle Christian Brothers as a way to welcome them to the beginning of their college experience. More specifically, walking through the doors of The Encounter is symbolic and a metaphor for college.

College is meant to be a special time in the life of a young person. The statue of De La Salle at The Encounter ushers the students through the doors and into this time of exploration, inquiry, and self-discovery. The students will learn and create lives of meaning and purpose during their time at Lewis before walking back through the doors of The Encounter as the statue of De La Salle invites them to make a difference in the world by using their knowledge and their Lasallian values.


Br. Rob Veselsky and Br. Thomas Dupré greet the Class of 2023. A student shakes the hand of the De La Salle statue before passing through the doors.
Students walk through The Encounter doors.
Students walk through The Encounter doors.
Members of the Class of 2023 lead the procession through The Encounter.
Members of the Class of 2023 lead the procession through The Encounter.
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