Traditions

Our storied history has come to include a tradition of shared lore, songs, and activities. See for yourself some of the events that bring us together as Cornellians.

Dragon Day
Chimes concerts
Homecoming
Slope Day

Dragon Day

Each year in late March, first-year students from the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) create and parade an enormous dragon across campus. Accompanied by AAP students in costume and heckled by rivals from the College of Engineering, the dragon lumbers to the Arts Quad to be consumed by a symbolic bonfire. Formalized by AAP students in the 1950s, Dragon Day's roots are actually traced back to the antics of the architecture Class of 1901.

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Chimes Concerts

The heartbeat of campus life, the Cornell Chimes have been marking the hours and chiming concerts for more than a century. The original set of bells first rang out at the university's opening ceremonies October 7, 1868. The chimes continue to ring daily concerts, making it one of the largest and most frequently played set of chimes in the world.

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Homecoming

Meet current students, alumni, faculty, and staff as you cheer on Cornell in the traditional homecoming football game. Recent homecoming events have included the Big Red Band, a firework and laser show, and a carnival.

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New Student Reading Project

Students discuss the Reading Project book

Before incoming undergrads set foot on campus as students, they are welcomed to Cornell with a single book. For over a decade now, we've been pulling new students and the greater Cornell community together with a celebration of a selected piece of literature. Call it an intellectual indulgence, but there are no grades—just a fun, stimulating variety of ways to engage with the text, the professors, fellow students, and participating locals. And this is only the beginning of life at Cornell.

Slope Day

The ultimate celebration of the last day of classes, Slope Day continues a century-long tradition as a year-end gathering. Live musical performances are the main feature of this Cornell community fete.

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Cornell Ice Hockey

Women's ice hockey at Lynah Rink

Big Red ice hockey at Lynah Rink is one of Cornell's treasured spectator sports. Learn cheers for the Cornell hockey team, or cross off an item on the list of 161 things every Cornellian should do by joining hundreds of others in camping out for season tickets. The "Lynah Faithful", as they are known, celebrate with the Cowbell cheer.

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