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When you come to Queens, you join over 160 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

Cymbals clash and the Lord and Lady of the manor welcome all. A medieval tradition consisting of Renaissance songs, festivities and food in celebration of the Christmas season. The Queens community gathers to feast and enjoy performances by the Queens University Dance Club and Chamber Singers. Seniors participate in the procession and display the Boar’s Heads. Everyone exits singing carols 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

This is the largest event on campus and is organized by Campus Union Board (CUB) and is arguably the most popular event of the year, with around 700 students in attendance. It has been a student favorite since 1985. Students dress up in formal attire and enjoy music, food and dancing, all while they try their luck with casino games. Each year there is a different theme. You may see animals, sword fighters or stilt walkers.

Spring Carnival

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

Celebrate the end of winter with classic carnival foods, inflatables, music, games and prizes. 

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

Campus Union Board plans various events for the entire week to celebrate school spirit. Prior to the games students, faculty, staff and alumni celebrate with a tailgate bash. Homecoming Week ends with the homecoming games for men's and women's basketball.


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

Exam Break Breakfast

De-stress a bit before your exams

Enjoy late night bacon, eggs, grits, pastries and pancakes cooked and served by their favorite professors and staff members as they take a break from studying. 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. Faculty, staff and students combine efforts and reach out to the community in service and education to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is traditionally referred to as, “a day on, not a day off” to affirm the Queens commitment to serve.

Midnight on Ice

Cool off before exams

It's a late night party at the rink. After the clock tower strikes midnight, Queens Students head out for an evening of late night ice skating to celebrate the end of classes.

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.

Trip Around the World

Travel the globe without leaving campus

Flavors, sights and sounds of various countries are explored every year. Students enjoy sampling delectable delights, and participate in arts, crafts and entertainment.

Ghost Stories

Learn about campus frights just before Halloween

Queens has been in existence since 1857, giving plenty of time for a few haunted stories to develop. Queens is one of the most haunted places in North Carolina and for many years students have claimed to have experienced paranormal activity in various buildings. Common occurrences include doors opening and closing by themselves and knocking sounds that cannot be explained.

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