​Campus Traditions

The Arch Ceremony

Since 1923 incoming freshmen walk through the Griffith Memorial ​Arch on the Friday of New Student Orientation weekend and don't walk back through it until graduation.  Pass through the Arch at any other time and (superstition has it) you won't graduate.

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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

Sometimes 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.

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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.

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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. Co-sponsored by the Campus Program Board (CPB) and Sodexo.


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"O" stands for October. "O" also for "Orange." Only appropriate, that the campus is blanketed with orange during our Spirit Week! It could be orange posters in all the dorm windows, an orange breakfast at Henderson, or orange 'staches on everyone (including President Fell and Findlay's mayor!).

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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.


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In 2015, students, faculty, and staff set a new record:  64,392 pounds of food collected!

It's early November and those crazy UF "people" 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 Harr, 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.  

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TGIF - Time for Music Bach's

Wrap up your week by relaxing in the Alumni Memorial Union with a sandwich from The Cave and listening to the best in live music. Music Bach's is a concert series that runs throughout the academic year.  Campus Program Board (CPB) books talent from around the community and around the world to present an eclectic selection of musicians and music. The Music Bach's series is open to the community and it's free.

photo by: Hani Amir 

Getting to Know Each Other

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!