Institutional Celebrations

Campus celebrations and events are a special part of life at Rosemont. Time honored traditions weave a common thread through the Rosemont experience from one generation to the next, while newer occasions highlight the College’s ability to continuously renew and adapt.

Though campus life is often a busy routine of familiar faces and schedules, special events bring all members of the Rosemont community together. Students branch out, alumni reconnect, and families and community members become better acquainted with the College. Whether welcoming new students at Convocation or wishing graduates well at Commencement, we recognize and celebrate each other’s achievements.

Orientation: New students arrive on campus each August and become better acquainted with the College through a variety of informational and social activities.

Convocation: New and current students, families, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and friends are invited to celebrate the start of the academic year and the College’s mission. New students wear academic gowns and are presented with their caps by Rosemont’s president to symbolize their entrance into the College community.

Welcome Back Picnic: Hosted by the Division of Student Life, this picnic greets all members of the Rosemont community at the beginning of the academic year.

Constitution & Citizenship Day: In September, this day celebrates both the history and current applications of the U.S. Constitution.

Family Weekend Featuring Oktoberfest : Celebrate the change of the seasons during the first weekend in October with Oktoberfest! Enjoy an afternoon of athletic events, a festive carnival, and much more!

Heritage Days: In October, Rosemont College celebrates its heritage with a week of events that mark the founding and the mission of the College. The Sisters of the Holy Child, under its founder, Cornelia Connelly, began the first Holy Child School in England on October 15, 1846. Sisters of the Holy Child later opened Rosemont College in 1921. This SHCJ heritage is the source of the mission of the College today, both of which we celebrate this week.

Thanksgiving Celebration: An ecumenical service in the Chapel is followed by a traditional turkey dinner on this night right before Thanksgiving break.

Holiday Evening: In December after the College’s Christmas tree is lit, all members of the Rosemont community are invited to share a holiday meal featuring traditional Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza dishes.

Finals Breakfast: Before first semester finals, students enjoy “breakfast for dinner” served by College faculty and administrators.

Penny Toss: After a special advent Mass, the College president, Dean of Students, and SGA president toss pennies at students as they sing carols on the porch of the Main Building, just as the nuns did at Christmastime at the first Holy Child school in England.

More information

Ryan mcelroy '13
College Events Coordinator

610.527.0200 x2967