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2020 at Bellarmine: A Year in Review

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Student in quad during first day of school

Wearing masks and practicing physical distancing, Knights returned for the first day of classes on Aug. 20. (All photos by Brendan J. Sullivan)

Pineapple with Bellarmine mask in from of St. Robert Gate

Bellarmine-branded masks provided to all students, faculty and staff were one measure that allowed the university to maintain some on-campus instruction and activities.

Students dancing in quad during orientation silent disco

First-year students take part in a silent disco during Week of Welcome. While COVID-19 protocols altered some activities, the weeklong orientation still served to make the Class of 2024 feel a part of the Bellarmine community.   

Prayer vigil in the quad

Kelze’ Riley, a senior majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice, participates in a candlelight vigil at Bellarmine in honor of Breonna Taylor on Sept. 17. Bellarmine community members joined the worldwide movement to demand racial justice, continuing the university's foundational commitment to equality and civil rights.

Yawning tiger

Dr. Carrie Doyle, an assistant professor of Biology, and senior Sylvia Ramsey conducted research at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point, Indiana, in September. The rescue center and sanctuary is home to 137 big cats, many of them rescued from abuse and neglect. Learn more in this video.

Trees in fall on campus

Spectacular fall foliage frames St. Robert's Gate at Bellarmine's main entrance. Seasonal changes helped mark the passage of time in a year that seemed endless.

Student pointing to hand painted bellarmine on her jean jacket

Ally Tripure, an Exercise Science major from Lexington, Kentucky, sports a handcrafted Bellarmine jean jacket on campus in October.

Our Lady of the Woods Chapel as seen through gates on Owsley Brown Frazier Stadium

Our Lady of the Woods Chapel on Oct. 30.

Uniformed student putting small American flag in the ground

Cadet Jonnathan Amaya of Ekron, Kentucky, a member of Bellarmine’s ROTC program, places an American flag in honor of veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.


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Bellarmine University is a vibrant community of educational excellence and ethical awareness that consistently ranks among the nation’s best colleges and universities. Our students pursue an education based in the liberal arts – and in the distinguished, inclusive Catholic tradition of educational excellence, the oldest and most rewarding in the western world. It is a lifelong education, worthy of the university’s namesake, Saint Robert Bellarmine, and of his invitation to each of us to learn and live In Veritatis Amore – in the love of all that is beautiful, true and good in life.