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Traditions

Whether its convocation as a freshman at BW or graduation as you enter the real world, BW has experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life.  Each Fall Community Day brings together thousands of students, alumni and members of the greater Cleveland area while each Spring brings together various student organizations for the annual April Reign festivities. 

Have a passion for music?  Experience the oldest collegiate Bach Festival in the country right here on campus!

You will be a part of the traditions when you become a Yellow Jacket!

April Reign

For 86 years, April Reign weekend has brought together Greek, independent, and commuter teams to compete for the title of April Reign Champions. Crowds of nearly two thousand people—faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the surrounding communities—cheer students on in obstacle course challenges, chariot and boat races, and tug competitions, which take place both on campus and at the nearby Cleveland Metroparks. A concert caps off the weekend. Each year the event is concluded with a musical guests including Maroon Five, Toby Keith, Matt Nathanson, NFG and more.

Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival

The Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival--the United State's oldest collegiate Bach Festival--was founded in 1932 by longtime Director of the BW Conservatory, Professor Albert Riemenschneider, and his wife Selma. The Baldwin Wallace Festival Choir and Orchestra presented their first Bach Festival in June 1933. Since that time, Bach Festivals have been annual events at Baldwin Wallace University.

Burrell Memorial Observatory

Gaze away at the stars and constolations or view some spots in the sun.  Each month, open houses are held so you can catch a glimpse of space.

Dance Marathon

The Mission of Baldwin Wallace University Dance Marathon, in conjunction with the Elizabeth Glaser AIDS Foundation, is to unite the community in a tradition of hope that one day children infected with AIDS will be cured.  With courage, enthusiasm, and passion, those directly involved and those who support this cause work together to raise awareness. Motivated by inspiration and committed to the children, vast amounts of time and effort are poured into creating a fun and spirited Dance Marathon.

Annual Chinese New Year's Celebration

Students celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Baldwin Wallace community in traditional dress.

Mid-Night Madness

Sponsored by the Center for Alcohol and Related-Issues Education Office, Mid-Night Madness is a series of weekend events on campus. Free movie night at the Regal Cinema, Campus Jeopardy, Rodeo Night, and The Price is Right are just some of the events organized in recent years.

Homecoming

Each fall, Homecoming weekend brings our community together in a display of school spirit. Class reunions, Hall of Fame inductions, parades through campus, and musical events make this weekend a festive time on campus. Before the BW vs. Mount Union football game, tailgating and cookouts in front of the stadium get fans ready to cheer the BW Yellow Jackets to victory.

BW Idol

Faculty and staff act as a judging panel for this hilariously entertaining event. Our finest (or just funniest) performers try out, and the top ten compete for the audience and judging panel. The winner is crowned “BW Idol” and the crowd goes wild!

Greek Sing

Fraternities and sororities often practice months in advance to give their best at this annual performance. With costumes, themes, and school spirit to spare, Greek Sing is an entertaining night for all who attend.