Class Traditions at Allegheny

Gator Weekend of Welcome (WOW) (for all new students)

#GatorWOW is a required weekend-long, on campus orientation that combines academic and social programming to help acquaint new students with Allegheny and integrate them with their fellow new and returning students to start the new academic year.

Moving Up Ceremony (for first-year students)

Taking place at the end of the spring semester, this ceremony will celebrate the transition between years and from the First-Year Dean to the Second-Year Dean. 

Declaration Day (for first and second-year students)

Taking place every Spring, students who have declared their major/minor are welcome to come celebrate and learn more about all Allegheny has to offer through Career Education, Alumni Connections, Study Away, Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activities and more!  Those who are still not sure of their major/minor are also encouraged to come talk to their Class Dean, Registrar and members of the Student Success team about their options and how to navigate the process. 

Major / Minor Fair (for first and second-year students)

Held in the Spring, this event is for all students who want to learn more about a major and/or minor offered at Allegheny. Come talk with representatives from a wide array of academic departments, as well as peers who can give you the inside scoop on the student experience. 

Junior Appreciation Week (for juniors)

This week-long series of events held in February each year  is planned by Third Year Senators, your Class Dean and many volunteers to celebrate those students who have arrived at their Junior Year. Appreciation events like Class meals, wellness events, thank you notes and care packages are examples. The week begins with a Junior Pin Ceremony and ends with a fun evening gala or dance.

Chomp the COMP (for seniors)

Seniors are invited to a special celebration toward the end of their spring semester to acknowledge their completion of COMPS! The event features music, food, headshot pictures and various offices tabling with swag items for seniors. Students are also given an opportunity to complete their First Destination Survey to be eligible for many exciting giveaways like diploma frames, regalia and much more.

Senior Gift (for seniors)

Each year the Senior Class collects funds throughout the year and presents a check to the President on behalf of their Class. This gift represents their first legacy of giving to Allegheny College. Senior classes who give are noted on the Senior Circle monument.

Senior Week (for seniors)

This series of events typically takes place over several  days between the end of finals and Commencement. Events are organized by the ASG Senior Class Senators, Office of Student Leadership and Engagement and your Class Dean. Past events have included BBQs, Game Nights, Dances, Dinners, Outdoor Activities, Shopping Trips, etc.