​​Campus Traditions

Campus traditions emerge over decades of experiences shared by our students, faculty, and staff.  We are proud of our traditions at the University of Findlay and how these shared experiences are woven together to make all who are here feel like a part of Oiler Nation.


The Arch Ceremony - Since 1923


The Arch Ceremony is one of the oldest college traditions in Northwest Ohio, and the most sacred tradition at the University of Findlay.  Since 1923, new students process through the arch toward Old Main during orientation weekend while they are being welcomed to campus by faculty, staff, and their loved ones to symbolize the official start of their college experience at Findlay. According to tradition, students do not walk back through the Arch at any point during their time at UF out of superstition that they won't graduate. Instead, saving the walk back through the Arch for Commencement. During this second march through the Arch,​ the students' accomplishments are celebrated once again by faculty, staff, and their loved ones.   

The tradition of not walking through the Arch is taken so seriously that in 1990 the University put sidewalks around the outside of the Arch because students were wearing a path in the grass to avoid jinxing themselves by walking through the Arch.

The Griffith Memorial Arch is the gateway to campus, facing Findlay's North Main Street. It was named in memory of Miss Caddie A. Griffith, Class of 1909. Caddie was known for her, "wit, intelligence, good looks, and starring role on the UF women's basketball team." She headed the University's Department of English from 1914-16 and 1917-18.
Tragically, Caddie died at a young age of intestinal flu. Her parents commissioned the Arch in 1923 in her memory. In 1990, the Arch was moved and reconstructed further back on the property to allow more room for students to safely march through it after graduation.  

Because the former Findlay College changed its name in 1989, the back of the Arch was inscribed with "The University of Findlay" and turned toward Main Street. The Findlay College name now faces Old Main, the oldest building on campus.

Watch the annual New Student Arch Ceremony.

dreaded dots

The Dreaded Dots

It's an academic Bermuda Triangle...or circle.

Surrounding the oil derrick fountain on main campus, are faded, but still discernible, concrete "dots." Tales of unwary students who stepped on a dot and failed their next test.

Studies commissioned at great cost, show a correlation between stepping on dots and failing tests. The more dots stepped on, the more failed tests.

Be safe.  Study hard. . . and watch where you step.


Homecoming and Family Weekend

Homecoming celebrationsSometimes occurring in late September and sometimes in early October, Homecoming and Family Weekend is a tradition that encompasses other traditions like a bonfire, fireworks, golf cart parade, tailgating and class reunions.  

Alumni, parents, and siblings of current students and the community are invited to come back to campus and join students, faculty and staff for a steady stream of events from Friday evening through Sunday.

Oilers serve

The Oiler Experience

What better way to get to know your classmates during New Student Orientation than by working as a team to benefit the community!

You REALLY get to know someone when they're holding your ladder, getting paint out of your hair, or kneeling next to you while you plant petunias!

Learn more about The Oiler Experience.

Late night munchies
Late Night Munchies Takes the "Bite" Out of Finals

Your eyes are blurry from reading and your stomach is crying for nourishment.  Yep, it's finals week and time for "Late Night Munchies!" This Henderson Dining Hall event features great snacks, entertainment, and empathy (from fellow finals sufferers!). Held during finals week in fall and spring semesters.

International Night

International Night - Decades of Sharing Cultures!

In 1968, Professor Raeburn Wallace had this great idea - why not share the rich cultural diversity of the campus and with members of the community? International Night was born and has continued to host hundreds of students, staff and community residents each spring.

The attraction? Samples of international cuisine, posters, videos, displays, one-on-one history lessons and musical and dance performances. Held in April after the snow and before commencement.

Helping Hands Food DriveHelping Hands Food Drive

In 2017, students, faculty, and staff set a new record: 97,465 pounds of food collected!

It's early November and the UF community are in a frenzy of food collection, bringing in canned goods by trucks, wagons and even backpacks! The Helping Hands Food Drive is a tradition that helps community organizations feed the hungry and lets The University of Findlay students, faculty and staff experience the joy of giving back to the community! What could be better a few weeks before Thanksgiving?

Led by David Ha​rr, director of dining services, the food drive has been a fall tradition since 2006. In 2009-2010, UF ranked first among college campuses nationwide for pounds of food collected. To date, the University community has donated 318,456 pounds of food to Chopin Hall, a local charitable organization.  

Playfair during orientation weekend

Orientation Weekend

Everyone will tell you that the best thing to do on Orientation Weekend is to "dive in" and get to know as many of your fellow students as possible. Feeling a little shy? Building Oiler Nation is a series of icebreakers involving the entire entering class. Building Oiler Nation takes the stress out of meeting other students. Before you know it another best friend is giving you a high five!