Cal U Traditions
Campus Traditions Get You Involved
Looking for a way to meet new people and share your school spirit? Cal U traditions bring people together! Each season brings a full slate of events and activities, many built upon the rich history of a University dating back more than 150 years.
From Homecoming in the fall to The Big Event in the spring and everything in between, Cal U traditions welcome students new and old.
Cal U for Life: Student Orientation
New students begin lifelong relationships with Cal U at Orientation, when they meet people who will be important throughout their lives, and they learn how everyone shares in the University's mission and traditions. Students quickly discover that many benefits they will take advantage of here at Cal U are made possible by the generosity of alumni and other students. During the new student convocation, several are lucky beneficiaries of Cal U for Life Scholarship Fund grants. And everyone learns learn how students make a difference through their time, talent and treasure. Cal U for Life starts with Orientation, but the benefits of a Cal U education never end!
Party in the Park
The Party in the Park provides a way for the entire community to celebrate the beginning of the new school year. The day at Roadman Park features a welcome back picnic hosted by President Dr. Angelo Armenti, Jr. and a concert. Students should watch for this Cal U tradition the first weekend of the fall semester. It's an event not to be missed.
Students, families and alumni all look forward to Homecoming, a full week of activities each October. The festivities across campus include:
- Election of Homecoming king and queen
- Parade with local marching bands
- Float and banner contests
- Special events
- The big game
Students plan many of the activities and events. Check out more than 10 years of Cal U traditions at the Homecoming website maintained by the Student Association Inc., and get involved by contacting SAI.
Of course, Homecoming is centered around the big game, when the nationally ranked Cal U Vulcans football team meets a rival at Adamson Stadium. Check out all the ways students share their pride in Cal U's athletics at CalVulcans.com. And don't forget the major action to be found at Cal U sports clubs.
Club and Organization Events
With more than 125 clubs and organizations, there's always something happening on campus. Many groups maintain their own traditions and share them each year with the Cal U community. Explore all clubs and organizations and Greek Life traditions on campus.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Each January Cal U celebrates Black History Month with a series of events, sponsored in part by the Black Student Union and the Frederick Douglass Institute. The month includes presentations by nationally recognized speakers, student workshops and forums, a soul food dinner, and the much-anticipated Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, when student organizations complete volunteer projects on campus and off campus for local churches and nonprofits.
The Big Event
Each spring Student Government sponsors The Big Event so students can show their appreciation to the California community with a day of service to individuals. Based on a national model, the program provides local residents with help washing windows, painting and completing other needed work.
Another much anticipated tradition each spring at Cal U is Greek Week, when sorority and fraternity chapters participate in a variety of athletic-and sometimes wacky-contests and a Greek Sing competition.
Traditions mean different things to different people. Many students are making their own memories on campus by participating in:
Get involved! You might even start a new Cal U tradition.
Find new ways to meet people and serve your school and community. The possibilities are endless.
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Cal U for Life
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President Armenti and his wife each year host a gala to raise funds for student scholarships. Discover more about the President's Gala and other alumni events and traditions.