Student Handbook 2020-2021

Keuka College Traditions

Special Weekends/Events

Keuka College sponsors a number of special weekends and events that enable students to share their campus with family and friends. Major weekends are sponsored by several campus organizations for a variety of visitors and for other members of the College community.

Academic Convocation. The fall semester kicks off with academic convocation, where new students are officially welcomed to campus by faculty, staff and returning students. Words of wisdom and encouragement are delivered by the College president and current professor of the year. Canoe paddles signed by all new incoming students are presented to the Dean of Students at this event.

Celebrate Seniors is a special weekend for seniors signifying that they have 100 days left until graduation. The weekend begins Thursday at midnight with the ceremonial ringing of the bell in the Ball Hall tower. Seniors reflect on their four years at Keuka and begin celebrating with thoughts of graduation. The seniors spend the weekend remembering the friendships and fun times they have had at Keuka College.

is a county-wide community service day, held in the spring, sponsored by Keuka College and the Yates County Chamber of Commerce. Volunteers from the campus and the local community come together to complete service projects for non-profit organizations within Yates County. The day of service helps signify the betterment of Yates County as a community-wide effort.

Green & Gold Celebration Weekend… An All-In-One Celebration. What do you get when you combine Reunion, Family Weekend, and homecoming? Keuka College’s Green & Gold Celebration Weekend. This weekend is designed to link generations of alumni, current students, and their families. Held in October, it is an opportunity to unite the entire Keuka College family all at once. Many fun and exciting events on and off campus are planned for alumni, students and their families to participate in.

May Day Weekend is one of the oldest traditional weekends at Keuka College and is held the first weekend in May. Festivities include:

  • The Fribolin Lecture, an annual lecture series that brings prominent and influential thinkers to the Campus.
  • Honors Convocation is a time when family, friends, and the College community come together to celebrate the academic achievements of students. Faculty and administrators process in their academic regalia, and faculty members present awards and scholarships to students in each discipline.
  • Leadership Awards and Moving Up Ceremony is a time for family and friends to gather in recognition of the advancement of each class to the next rank. Each class president and adviser speaks about achievements and activities throughout the year. This is also a time when the College recognizes student leaders on campus, as well as faculty, staff and administrators who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Class Members of the Year are recognized for each class, based on contributions to and participation in the activities of the College for that academic year. Faculty and staff nominate representatives of each class. The Class Members of the Year are chosen by a student body vote.

Party in the Park is a beginning-of-the-year celebration held at Point Neamo on the Saturday after the first week of classes. This day-long waterfront festival introduces students to the various clubs and organizations on campus and is highlighted by the Shively Cup boat race between classes.

Semi-formal is a dinner-dance held each fall. All students are welcome to attend this traditional event. A ticket cost is associated with this event and transportation is provided.

Spring Weekend is hosted by the junior class and is traditionally held in late April. It provides students and guests an opportunity to relax and enjoy the season, and is filled with carnival-style activities. A ticket cost is associated with this event.