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 ’Wick Traditions
Winter ’Wick Traditions
Spring ’Wick Traditions


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.

Welcome Weekend
The Welcome Weekend program for first-year and transfer students highlights academic components with fun activities. Students organize entertainment that includes a casino night with tons of cool prizes, a drive-in movie on the lawn under the stars, and much more.

OozeFest
This “mud” volleyball tournament, held annually for first-year students, takes place shortly after arrival on campus, and is sponsored by Hartwick’s First Year Council.

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 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.

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

Hawks’ Night Fever
Our biggest pep rally and competition of the year in support of Hartwick College athletics and their fans. Show your Hawk pride and win fun prizes.

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 Student Alumni Association sponsored event. This position represents the class on the Hartwick Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Relax & Refresh
Final exams can be stressful, so Relax & Refresh is designed to offer students a study break and relieve some of that stress. Healthy energizing snacks are offered with meditative relaxation, Reiki treatments, massage, aromatherapy, 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.

 

Spring Traditions

Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Party for First-year Students
First-year students 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 Senior Class Council for the senior class, takes place at a venue off campus. Seniors arrive in business casual attire and have the opportunity to reflect on their years together on Oyaron Hill.

Alternative Spring Break Collegiate Challenge
Students choose to help build houses over Spring Break instead of taking a vacation. Past trips have made a difference in Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and the Dominican Republic.

Pine Lake Day
The beautiful grounds of Hartwick’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus are the site of a free barbecue and outdoor events such as a volleyball tournament, live music, swimming, boating, and other outdoor adventures. Student Senate sponsors this great event to celebrate the coming of spring.

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.

OH Fest
Student leaders from Hartwick College and SUNY-Oneonta created an annual tradition for the spring semester that helps bridge the relationships between the City of 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.

Junior Pig Roast on Frisbee Field
Sponsored by the Junior Class Council, 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.

Student Leadership Awards Ceremony
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.

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 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 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, Reiki 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.

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.

 

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