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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.