College News and Fun Facts: Bucknell University
Matriculation Ceremony. At the end of their first day on campus, first-year students gather for the Matriculation Ceremony to mark their official welcome to the Bucknell community. During the ceremony, they receive a pin to commemorate the event and to recognize their fundamental responsibility of being a contributing member of the community. Following the ceremony in Rooke Chapel, the students process along a pathway of luminarias and through the Christy Mathewson Memorial Gateway to symbolize their entrance into the Bucknell community. The gateway procession is repeated during commencement.
Convocation and Candlelighting Ceremony. The night before classes start, the campus community gathers in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts to mark the beginning of the academic year. The evening provides a context for the intellectual challenges that students will face over the course of the year. Following convocation, first-year students and faculty parade to the Malesardi Quad where the students stand side-by-side along the quad’s outer edges. The president lights a candle – representing the “Light of Knowledge” – and spreads that light to all the students, forming a circle of light. The candle-lighting ceremony comes to a close with faculty, staff, and students joining together to sing the alma mater, Dear Bucknell. The ceremony is repeated the night before commencement.
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- Color: Blue and Orange
- Mascot: Bucky the Bison
- Admit Rate: 33.0% (Class of 2022). Read more
- July 12, 2019
In Fisher Hall, it’s the Fisher Regatta, a one-on-one boat racing tournament held each April on St. Mary’s Lake that is open to all dorms, with most halls entering at least one home-made watercraft. Usually drawing more than 1,000 participants with boats … More
- July 5, 2019
Matriculation Ceremony. At the end of their first day on campus, first-year students gather for the Matriculation Ceremony to mark their official welcome to the Bucknell community. During the ceremony, they receive a pin to commemorate the event and to … More
- July 2, 2019
Every year, NYU hosts the Strawberry Festival. What’s so special about that? The NYU cooking staff bakes the largest Strawberry Shortcake in New York, using 2,500 egg yolks, 326 lbs. of pastry flour, and 489 cups of sugar. Source Color: … More
- June 25, 2019
75,000,000. The university owns a 75-million-year-old dinosaur egg. Lucky 13. The university was originally founded as The Baptist Education Society of the State of New York by 13 men who each offered $13 and 13 prayers. Color: Maroon, Grey and … More