11 True Drew Traditions.


Drew Traditions

Since our founding 150 years ago, we grew from one school to three, from 12 students to 2,000, from one building to 46 and from three professors to 145. Throughout, we established and grew a thriving campus community by honoring our old traditions and creating our new traditions that bind our students, faculty, staff and alums together to their University in The Forest.

1. Move-In Day

You feared the day would never come. You roll onto campus and the Drew Welcome Crew erupts into cheers. These people are your everything: they schlep your suitcases, your skateboard and your goldfish to your new digs. Drew’s president joins in too! It’s a tiny piece of what draws you to Drew.

2. Candlelight Ceremony

All universities have a first-year orientation. Only Drew commemorates your first night on campus—the moment you start a significant new chapter in your life—with a special ceremony. Cast in candlelight, you proudly wear a Drew pin—a sign of the second your new life alights.

3. First Annual Picnic

BBQ. Ice cream. Rides. Rock wall. Zipline. This epic event began when a faculty member invited his students and friends to his backyard for a picnic. The event endured and became too big for his backyard. It was adopted by Drew and held on our campus ever since.

4. Halloweekend

Halloween is crazy spooky here. Students turn a campus building into a haunted house, stage a costume contest and serve wicked treats. Some head off-campus to Six Flags Great Adventure’s Fright Fest or, even creepier, Philadelphia State Penitentiary—a long-abandoned prison that scares our pants off.

5. 99 Nights

Seniors celebrate the 99th night before graduation, kicking off the countdown to Commencement. You toast. You dance. You nosh. We are legend.

6. JamFest

Know this: There is no shortage of a cappella music at Drew. Period. It all unites on a single night: JamFest. Hosted by one group—36 Madison Ave.—JamFest also features two other stellar groups: All of the Above and On a Different Note.

7. MedFest

Our Renaissance shindig is like Medieval Times, but way better. Play chess with human chess pieces. Gnaw on an outsized turkey leg. Revel in song. Attend a knighting. Fear the brooding castle—S.W. Bowne Hall looms, its windows watching, waiting.

8. FernFest

Dig dirt on Earth Day as we all hail the green in our Green and Blue. Underneath our majestic oaks we replenish our native ferns and wildflowers. We’ll work up a sweat, protect our ecosystem and meet some special spores.

9. Senior Ceremony

At the dawn of your graduation, again cast in candlelight, you gather to mark your time at Drew, to pin another pin, this time shaped like our university crest, and to recognize that you’re ready to rocket into the real world.

10. Commencement

Don your robes. Wear your mortar board. Process behind a most dignified marshal holding aloft our oaken mace. Its acorn and leaves signify your arrival at Drew, your time with Drew and your departure from Drew. You understand what you accomplished here and what you will accomplish out there--and you can’t wait.

11. Reunion

No matter where life takes you, you'll remain part of the Drew community for the rest of your life. There are many ways to stay connected, but the annual Reunion is a favorite. Each June, alumni spend a memorable weekend in The Forest for class gatherings, the Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony, a campus carnival, a reunion dinner, pub nights and more!