Traditions

Midnight Breakfast, All-College Day

Midnight Breakfast

Held before the Lafayette–Lehigh football game in November and after All-College Day in May, Midnight Breakfast is extremely popular. Up to 1,000 students are served by professors, administrators, staff, and coaches.

Block pARTy

Block pARTy

Celebrated each fall before a home football game, the annual Block pARTy showcases the arts on campus, with performances by campus dance teams, bands, and choral groups. Hundreds of people from the campus community attend, sampling food and checking out booths hosted by student organizations.

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1,000 Nights

1,000 Nights

The 1,000 Nights formal is for first-year students only, signifying the roughly 1,000 more days until graduation. It was inspired by the 100 Nights formal held each spring for seniors that marks the number of days until Commencement.

Lafayette-Lehigh Rivalry Week

Rivalry Week

No football game is more anticipated than the one against Lehigh, the most-played football rivalry in the nation. The game always sells out months in advance and has inspired a book and a documentary narrated by the late Harry Kalas. Activities often include a pep rally, class spirit competitions, concerts, and the Midnight Breakfast.

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Presidential Ball

Presidential Ball

This formal dance at the beginning of the fall semester brings together students, alumni, trustees, faculty, and administrators for a sophisticated evening of live music and food.

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Lafapalooza

Lafapalooza

Each year, students, faculty, staff, and alumni serve communities across the nation on the annual National Day of Service. Alumni chapters perform outreach in their areas too.

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Singing of the Alma Mater

Singing of the Alma Mater

The longstanding College tradition of singing on the steps of Old Pardee has been revived by The Graduates, a choir of College alumni and goodwill ambassadors. Candle-carrying spectators walk to Pardee for a rousing singalong during Reunion Weekend.

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Hear the Alma Mater and read the lyrics

RSS Student Blogs

  • Let It Snow… March 3, 2015
    The recent snowfall left Lafayette (and the surrounding areas) covered in a thick blanket of white snow. Some complained… actually many complained; it’s too cold, how will I get to class, now I can’t get food, etc. But personally, I love the snow. I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a winter person, I mean I love […]
    Mackenzie Gammons
  • Overseas, Underfunded: Go Home March 3, 2015
    Up until now, I had never had the opportunity to leave the United States. My parents always found more value in getting to know the area, state, country that you live in before you expand your scope and travel the world, and rightfully so. Not to mention, the cost of flying a family of five […]
    James Onorevole
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