Campus Traditions


When you come to Queens, you join over 150 years of campus activities and traditions. The traditions of Queens aren't anything stale like you might find at other historic schools, but are instead fun activities for students to enjoy. Get a sense of both the past and present of Queens with these fun activities and events that have become Queens traditions over the years.

Boar's Head Banquet and Yule Log Ceremony

Eat well and enjoy medieval fun

A medieval tradition consisting of medieval songs, festivities, and food in celebration of the Christmas season. The Queens community gathers to feast and to enjoy performances by the Queens University Dance Ensemble and Chamber Singers. Students get visits from staff and faculty donned in medieval attire for the Banquet. All carol together as the Yule Log is carried to the bonfire in a moment of sheer festivity.

Boar's Head Banquet

Students and staff alike enjoy the Boar's Head Banquet together.  

Casino Night

Students try their luck at the poker table and at the slot machines on Casino Night.

Casino Night

Dress up and show off your skills in cards

Casino Night is arguably the most popular event of the year. It is a night in which students get to dress up in formal attire to listen to music, dance with their friends, and try to win big at the tables. Casino Night is given a different theme each year to ensure it is always a unique experience.

Spring Carnival

Rather than go to the carnival, let the carnival come to you

The Residential Quad comes alive on the day of the Spring Carnival. For one day, students can play carnival games, eat carnival food, participate in one-of-a-kind activities, and listen to live music without straying far from the front doors of their dorms.

Spring Carnival

Some students choose to cool off at the Spring Carnival with a trip down the waterslide. 

Homecoming Week

Cap off the most fun week of the year with a basketball game

Student Government Association and Campus Union Board work together to bring students and alumni a week of fun and celebration like no other on the Queens campus. Homecoming Week ends with the homecoming games for men's and women's basketball, their most popular of the year. After the games, students can join in on an after-game party that features a DJ or a local band.


Students, alumni and the community pack into the Levine Center for the annual homecoming game.

Exam Break Breakfast

Unstress a bit before your exams

Enjoy late night bacon, eggs, grits, pastries and pancakes cooked and served by professors and staff members the night before exams begin. Come out for games and prizes and keep on the lookout for a possible guest appearance or two.

Family Weekend

Give your parents the Queens experience

Parents and families are invited to enjoy the Queens campus, meet faculty, staff and friends, enjoy sporting events and take in special on-campus programs.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Take part in an annual day of service

Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs and Student Activities, the MLK celebration is much more than a day of recognition. It is a day of education, celebration and especially service.

Midnight on Ice

Cool off before exams

It's a late night party at the rink. After the clock tower hits 12, Queens students head out for an evening of all night skating that leads into Reading Day.

Moravian Love Feast and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Celebrate the holiday season with the community in Belk

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a Moravian Fellowship service. Join the Queens community in Belk Chapel to share in traditional Moravian fare, a candle lighting ceremony and carols.

Moravian Love Feast

Students gather together for the tree lighting ceremony.

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