Susquehanna Traditions are the shared experiences that bridge distance and time to connect generations of Susquehannans to each other and this special place. Our traditions and the connections they create are symbolized by the ginkgo tree that grows on campus.
Despite the delicate appearance of their fan-shaped leaves, the Ginkgo is among the most durable trees in existence. One of the oldest living trees on the planet, the Ginkgo is highly resilient, and resistant to damage from pollution, extreme temperatures, pests and more.
As a body of learners, students grow to become individual branches of the same tree. Rooted in shared traditions and a common mission to achieve, lead and serve, graduates embark on life’s journey assured of their place in the Susquehanna family.
Featured Susquehanna Traditions
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.
Faculty, staff and administration welcome the incoming class with this annual ceremony. After the faculty marshal brings down the mace to open the university’s academic year, your journey has begun!
Our campus welcomes back throngs of alumni as they reunite and return home for a fall party weekend. Athletic contests, class reunions, special interest gatherings, awards banquets and a parade highlight a jam-packed schedule.
A campus favorite held every year in mid-November, when faculty and staff serve Susquehanna students a carved turkey dinner with all the fixings in Evert Dining Room.
A cherished gathering marking the Advent season, the service includes candle lighting and carols as well as traditional readings, songs and prayers.
A week full of valuable info sessions and networking opportunities that allow students to connect with alumni with an eye toward life after graduation.
Students and alumni alike step it up each April with volunteer service for the benefit of food pantries, senior centers, animal shelters, and dozens of other organizations near campus and regions beyond.
Soon-to-be graduates get to showcase their academic achievements via poster and oral presentations, art displays, and music recitals.
Orange & Maroon Day
Susquehanna’s newest tradition is Orange & Maroon Day. Show your Susquehanna pride by wearing our school colors on May 1. Be sure to share you spirit on social media!
Right after finals, President Lemons leads a group of seniors on a 1,400-foot climb to the summit of nearby Mt. Mahanoy. From the top, hikers take in a spectacular view of the Susquehanna River and university campus below.
This is the most significant occasion in the life of Susquehanna, when the campus community and students’ friends and families come together with pomp and circumstance to celebrate the academic success of our graduates.