Downtown St. Joseph welcomes Missouri Western Class of 2023

Aug 23, 2019

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo) — A new era at Missouri Western began Thursday evening with an event that didn’t even happen on campus. Administrators say the first-ever Griff Up party in downtown St. Joseph was just the first step at bringing the university closer to the city it calls home.

Black and gold was all the rage in Felix St. Square.

“To see all the Griffon family, the faculty, the staff, the incoming students, even the current students coming down, it’s amazing,” said Marissa Steimel, associate director of admissions at MWSU.

It began with university president Matthew Wilson welcoming the students downtown along with a proclamation by St. Joseph mayor Bill McMurray designating August 22, 2019 as Griff Up day. McMurray himself is a graduate of Missouri Western.