• Students on Tie Dye Day
  • Holmes Hall student staff
  • Annual Halloween football team practice parade.
  • Pine Lake student staff

'Wick Traditions

Hartwick College has existed for more than 200 years, so you can imagine the traditions that have developed. And you have the power to help create even more!

Fall Wick Traditions
Winter 'Wick Traditions
Spring 'Wick Traditions

Fall Traditions

Opening Convocation
This Hartwick gathering of scholars begins each academic year. The Hartwick bell rings to begin the outdoor ceremony on Oyaron Hill. In welcoming the incoming class to the Hartwick community, the profile of the class is presented.

Welcome Weekend
Our Welcome Weekend program for new students highlights academic components with FUN! Students organize entertainment that includes a casino night with tons of cool prizes and a drive-in movie on the lawn under the stars.

OozeFest
This "mud" volleyball tournament, held annually for freshmen, takes place the night before upperclass students return to campus. This class event is sponsored by Hartwick's Student Alumni Association.

Taste of Wick
Hartwick’s student organization fair takes place at the very beginning of the fall semester. A picnic and a variety of entertainment welcome you to Frisbee Field, where student groups show off their clubs, providing you a chance to learn about the amazing opportunities to get involved on campus, meet new friends, and, most importantly, have fun!

Homecoming & Reunion Weekend
A celebration with Hartwick alumni where students have the opportunity to meet, socialize, and network with Hartwick graduates.

Wicktoberfest
Wicktoberfest is sponsored by Hartwick Campus Activities Board every Fall Term. The outdoor carnival event celebrates the harvest season with regional foods, fun activities, and entertainment.

Family Weekend
A chance for students to host their families on campus with an exciting array of activities and events designed especially for family fun!

Sophomore Sundaes

Another class event sponsored by the Student Alumni Association, sophomores make their own sundaes, win great raffle prizes, hear about exciting things to get involved in on campus, and meet faculty and staff.

Winter Traditions

Senior "171"
Marks and celebrates 171 days until graduation for members of the senior class. The Young Alumni Director is elected during this event, sponsored by the Student Alumni Association, to represent their class on the Hartwick Alumni Board of Directors.

Relax & Refresh

Finals bring along stress…so, Relax & Refresh is designed to offer students a study break and relieve some stress. Healthy energizing snacks are offered with meditative relaxation, and more!

Midnight Madness
This very popular annual event is sponsored by Student Affairs and includes food served by faculty and staff, prizes, and music with more than 400 students attending each year. The fun atmosphere of Midnight Madness is designed to help students relax and better prepare for a successful final exam period.

J Term NYC Bus Trip
Enjoy a free day in the Big Apple.

Spring Traditions

Pre-St. Patrick's Day Party for Freshmen
Freshmen have the opportunity to decorate t-shirts and hats for St. Patrick's Day and enjoy classic mint-flavored milkshakes. This class event is sponsored by Hartwick's Student Alumni Association.

Senior Banquet
The annual banquet, sponsored by The Student Alumni Association for the senior class, takes place at a venue off campus in which the seniors arrive in business casual attire and have the opportunity to reflect on their past four years together.

Habitat for Humanity’s Spring Break Collegiate Challenge
A group of students chooses to help build houses over Spring Break instead of relaxing on a sunny island. Past trips have gone to Kentucky, West Virginia, and North Carolina.

Pine Lake Day
The beautiful grounds of our environmental campus at Pine Lake is the site of a free barbecue and outdoor events such as a volleyball tournament, live bands, swimming, boating, and other outdoor adventures. Student Senate sponsors this great event to celebrate the coming of spring.

Spring Weekend
Concerts, a free barbecue, and other thrilling carnival-like events are spread out on Frisbee Field for a great weekend of outdoor events.

Wick Wars
Wick Wars, a long-standing traditional event, is sponsored by the Hartwick Campus Activities Board to create a series of fun, team-oriented competitions. Prizes are awarded to top teams that can successfully make it through the challenges invented by the Board.

OHFest
Student leaders from Hartwick College and the State College at Oneonta created an annual tradition for the spring semester that helps bridge the relationships between Oneonta and both college campuses. The OH Fest collaboration began in 2005. A free concert in the city's Neahwa Park and Main Street carnival events bring the entire community together.

Sophomore BBQ with the President
The sophomore class gathers at Thornwood, the President's house, to enjoy an Oneonta classic--Brooks' BBQ. This event is sponsored by the Student Alumni Association.

Junior Pig Roast on Frisbee Field
Sponsored by the Student Alumni Association, the annual pig roast allows juniors to unwind from the end of the school year and look forward to the upcoming year as seniors. WRHO, Hartwick's student radio station, plays popular tunes and juniors wear their commemorative Junior Class Pig Roast t-shirts.

Senior Fling
A senior class event for future Hartwick alumni to enjoy food and drinks in anticiaption of their graduation.

Honors Convocation
This Hartwick gathering of scholars celebrates academic achievement, leadership, and character. The annual ceremony culminates with the naming of six rising seniors as John Christopher Hartwick Scholars. It includes inductions in the Hartwick College Honor Society, along with presentation of the Andrew B. Saxton Undergraduate Fellowship teacher and scholar awards, and the Wandersee Scholar-in-Residence Awards for faculty.

Last Day of Classes Bash
When finals are over and all library books are returned, Aramark Food Services brings you this outdoor extravaganza on Frisbee Field! Live music, great food, and fun activities such as "Make Your Own Music Video" help students celebrate the end of another school year.

Relax & Refresh
Spring finals bring along stress…so, Relax & Refresh is designed to offer students a study break and relieve some stress. Healthy energizing snacks are offered with meditative relaxation, Reike treatments, massage, aromatherapy, and more!

Breakfast of Champions
This very popular annual event is sponsored by Student Affairs and includes food served by faculty and staff, prizes, and music with more than 400 students attending each year. The fun atmosphere of Breakfast of Champions is designed to help students relax and better prepare for a successful final exam period.

1 To Go
Members of the graduating class, their families, faculty, and staff celebrate the countdown to Commencement at this event hosted by the Hartwick College Alumni Association.