Top Five: It’s Tradition.

Fall semester is an exciting time on campus—students return from summer break to reunite with friends, and first-years begin their adventures as Bulldogs. Here are five fall traditions that define the semester:

  1. Welcome Weekend and move-in day are not just milestones for first-years. Students and staff from around campus pitch in to move new undergraduates in and show them the ropes at Drake.
  2. Whether you’re a Greek or not, Sweetheart Sing hits all the right notes every fall. The huge Greek community event is open to the public, providing harmonious entertainment tied to themes such as greatest hits and Disney songs.
  3. Although Skip Day hasn’t been officially practiced since 1975, this tradition is one that many more-seasoned alumni no doubt remember. For 94 years, students took over the University and declared a free day for all.
  4. Bulldog spirit is in full swing during Homecoming, a week of festivities leading up to the big football game at Drake Stadium. Alumni may fondly recall and current students ardently enjoy the carnival and Homecoming Picnic on Helmick Commons and window painting at Meredith Hall.
  5. As fall semester comes to a close and students bunker down for finals, Late Night Breakfast provides a delicious study break. Administrators, faculty, and staff prepare mouthwatering eats (think pancakes and bacon) at Hubbell for students prior to finals.

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