Traditions at York College

Nothing brings a campus together more than traditions. From your first day on campus to your graduation day, York College has a variety of traditions that will celebrate your achievements and encourage your future success.

Academic Convocation

The convocation, held during Freshman Move-In, is a formal celebration of scholarship and tradition designed to welcome the College's newest students into the York College community.

Fall Fest/Homecoming & Family Weekend

Each October, the York College community invites the parents and family members of current students (along with alumni) to campus for a weekend celebration. This special weekend allows parents to mingle with faculty and alumni, and attend a reception hosted by the President, as well as home athletic contests and social events. Check out a photos from the event.

Midnight Madness

During this "pep rally" event to kick off basketball season, students are introduced to the team members after being entertained with music, dancing, and contests, including a 3-point contest and NBA Skills contest. Students also have the opportunity to win prizes. Check out a video from the event.


The most spirited fall campus event happens in November with Spartapalooza, a "lollapalooza" of music, games and competitions, including the cardboard boat regatta and a student/faculty volleyball game. Check out a video from the event.

Senior Class Gift

Tradition has it that as a class, you leave your legacy behind by giving a gift back to the College. Each year, the senior class contributes funds toward the purchase of a special gift for the College.


These graduation ceremonies are held in the winter and spring and date back to 1874, making it the oldest campus tradition. Dressed in academic regalia - the gown, hood and cap - students are presented with their degrees. The ceremonies usually include thoughts from a faculty speaker and an honorary degree recipient. Check out photos from Spring Commencement 2013.

Signing "The Rock"

Following commencement, the graduating class gathers to write their names and messages in white on a large rock painted Spartan green known as the "The Rock" and "Old Spart." The students' signatures remain on the rock until the next commencement when it receives a fresh coat of green paint.