Tau Society

Cardinal Stritch University, founded by The Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, began in 1932 as St. Clare Junior College to educate Sisters and young women joining the congregation. It evolved into a full four-year liberal arts college in 1937 and was renamed Cardinal Stritch College, honoring Milwaukee Archbishop Samuel Cardinal Stritch. That same year, it started accepting lay women and became fully co-educational by 1970. Known for its excellent liberal arts education, Stritch offered 60 programs and was especially respected for its School of Education, particularly in the field of Special Education.  Students from diverse backgrounds embraced the core Franciscan values of community, compassion, care for creation, and peace.

Despite closing in 2023, Cardinal Stritch University's impact and the Franciscan values interwoven through all of its programs live on through its 40,000 alumni, who excel in various fields worldwide. Most alumni remain in Wisconsin, contributing significantly to their communities.

Tau Society

The Tau Society recognizes Stritch alumni who generously support the health and retirements needs of our retired Sisters, many of whom are former Stritch educators, artists, administrators, counselors, librarians, and archivists.  Gifts from Stritch alumni reflect their deep and profound gratitude to the Sisters for educating, empowering, and deepening their faith. 

All donors who are graduates of Cardinal Stritch University, regardless of their financial commitment, are members of the Tau Society. To join, simply click here to make a donation and be sure to provide your graduation year in the comments section of the donation form. Or, download, print, and complete our donation form, including your graduation year.  We will contact you after receiving your gift. 

Tau Society Benefits

  • Recognition as a Tau Society member, with name and graduation year noted, in our donor rolls and digital signage.
  • Special Celebratory Mass at St. Francis Convent with other Cardinal Stritch University graduates
  • Special access to programs, events, and presentations at St. Francis Convent
  • Opportunity to share your story as a Cardinal Stritch University graduate.

To learn more, email Nancy Ketchman or call 414-294-7329.

Tau Society Members

COMING SOON. Click here to download a list of Tau Society members, organized by year of graduation. If you do not see your name on this list or your name is misspelled, pleased email us with your full name and graduation year. 



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