Wick Annual Traditions

Hartwick College has existed for more than 200 years, and we’ve developed a lot of traditions in that time!

As a Hartwick student, you have the power to help create even more.

Fall Traditions

Opening Convocation
This gathering of Hartwick scholars marks the beginning of each academic year. The Hartwick bell rings to begin this ceremony on Oyaron Hill, during which the Hartwick community formally welcomes the incoming class.

Wick Week
The Wick Week program for first-year and transfer students highlights academic components with fun activities. The Office of Student and Community Engagement organize a variety of different entertainment and social events that can include, Hartwick swag, prizes and food.  Wick Week is an opportunity for first year students and transfers to meet new people and explore the campus grounds and resources.

Blue Pride Fridays
We show our Hartwick pride by wearing blue on Fridays. Various departments and organizations will sponsor a Friday, with free giveaways and food. The tradition is sponsored by The Office of Student and Community Engagment, Armark Dinning & The Office of Campus Vibrancy.  the Student Government Association and the President’s Cabinet.  Students, faculty, staff and alumni share and tag their photos #bluepridefriday.

Taste of ’Wick
Hartwick’s student organization fair takes place at the very beginning of the fall semester.  A variety of entertainment welcomes 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 have fun!

True Blue Weekend: Alumni, Family, and Reunion Weekend
True Blue Weekend is a fall campus-wide celebration with Hartwick alumni and families. Students have the opportunity to meet, socialize, and network with Hartwick graduates. Students host their families on campus with an exciting array of activities and events designed especially for family fun.

Taste the World
Sponsored by the Office of Global Education, Taste the World showcases food, music, and fashion of the various cultures represented on Hartwick’s campus. Members of the campus community join the fun, taste dishes from around the world, and enjoy performances from various cultures.

Hawks’ Night Fever
Our biggest pep rally and competition of the year!  This event includes a variety of games and activities in competition to win some Hartwick swag and prizes.  We outfit each attendee in a class year t-shirt and encourage the excitement and pride of a Hartwick Hawk!


Spring Traditions

Senior Banquet
The annual Senior Banquet  is  sponsored by The Office of Student and Community Engagement. Seniors arrive in business casual attire and have the opportunity to reflect on their years together on Oyaron Hill. The event includes music, dancing and plenty of photos!

Alternative Spring Break
Students choose to  spend their Spring Break vacation helping others through campus partner organizations.  Trips are planned nationally and internationally. Past trips have made a difference in Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Nepal, and the Dominican Republic.

Student Leadership Awards 
This Hartwick gathering recognizes student for their leadership and service across campus in our many student organization, through our volunteer activities, and their student employment.

Hawk’s Day
Take a break from class and join the Student Government Association in providing a day full of entertainment, activities and events. Giveaways include class year t-shirts, Hartwick swag and plenty of food favorites.

Honors Convocation
This long-standing 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, the highest award the College bestows. The ceremony includes inductions for the Hartwick College Honor Society, along with presentation of the Andrew B. Saxton Undergraduate Fellowships, teacher and scholar awards, and the Wandersee Scholar-in-Residence Awards for faculty.

The Student Showcase
The Student Showcase: An Exhibition of Liberal Arts in Practice is Hartwick’s day-long celebration of student achievement.

Last Day of Classes Bash
When finals are over and all library books are returned, Aramark  Dining Services brings you this outdoor extravaganza on Frisbee Field. Music, great food, giveaways, entertainment  and a variety of  activities help students celebrate the end of another school year.

Relax & Refresh
Spring final exams can mean stress, so Relax & Refresh is designed to offer students a study break and some relief. Healthy energizing snacks are offered with meditative relaxation, massage, aromatherapy, and more!

President’s Senior Farewell Dinner
Members of the graduating class join President Drugovich and Elizabeth Steele at their home in celebration of the last day of finals and the start of Commencement Weekend activities.