We welcome the incoming class at this annual ceremony to open the university's academic year!

Homecoming-Reunion Weekend

Our campus welcomes back throngs of alumni as they reunite and return home for a fall party weekend. 

Thanksgiving Dinner

Faculty and staff serve students a carved turkey dinner with all the fixings in Evert Dining Room.

Christmas Candlelight Service

A cherished gathering that includes candle lighting and carols as well as traditional readings, songs and prayers.


Students and alumni alike step it up each April with volunteer service near campus and regions beyond.

Senior Scholars Day

Soon-to-be graduates showcase their academic achievements.

Orange & Maroon Day

Our newest tradition! Show your Susquehanna pride by wearing our school colors on May 1.

Senior Hike

President Lemons leads seniors to the summit of nearby Mt. Mahanoy to take in a spectacular view of the valley.


Everyone comes together with pomp and circumstance to celebrate the academic success of our graduates.

A Move-In Day Like No Other

An army of incredibly enthusiastic orange-clad volunteers helps you move in to your residence hall without breaking a sweat. Don't be surprised if you see Susquehanna President L. Jay Lemons hauling your area rug into your room.

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Move-in Day

A Cherished Thanksgiving Tradition

When was the last time you saw a university president in an apron? Our students have. Each year, President L. Jay Lemons, faculty and staff don food-service attire to serve students Thanksgiving Dinner.

History of Susquehanna

We opened on Sept. 1, 1858, as The Missionary Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Our sister school was known as the Susquehanna Female College. 

Benjamin Kurtz as the first president, and the school had two departments: theology and classical. We became co-educational when, in 1872, the Susquehanna Female College closed and some of its student enrolled at the Missionary Institute. 

In 1895, we officially became Susquehanna University.

During the 20th century, we transformed into a four-year university offering a range of bachelor's degrees for students. In 1903, the school adopted the colors orange and maroon.