Yellow Jackets for Life – #YJ4L!
It begins with a spirited block party during Week of Welcome, then moves on to the traditional freshman Convocation ceremony that marks the beginning of your college journey; you'll march in as your BW professors, decked out in academic regalia, applaud and welcome you into the BW community.
In the blink of an eye, you'll find yourself in cap and gown, surrounded by all the pomp and circumstance and tradition of Commencement. In between, BW has many more experiences in store that will tie you to the generations of students who came before you — experiences you will remember for the rest of your life.
That's the power of Yellow Jacket traditions. #YJ4L!
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For 86 years, April Reign has brought together student teams for friendly competition and blowing off steam as the academic year nears an end. Crowds cheer as students take on obstacle courses, build human pyramids, and compete in tricycle relays and tug-of-war. A popular music concert caps off the weekend. Prior to the 1999 change to a semester schedule, this tradition was called May Day and included the crowning of the May Queen, a maypole, folk dances, fraternity floats and athletic contests.
Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival
The oldest collegiate Bach Festival in the U.S was founded in 1932 in the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. The festival is building on its storied, classical tradition with playful, new events like "Bach Haus" and a Bach Fest 5K, complete with a prize for the runner "Best dressed like Bach." You can also follow Bach on Twitter @BW_Bach
Every autumn, a festive Homecoming weekend brings the BW community together in a display of YJ4L school spirit with class reunions, the Hall of Fame induction, a parade, a massive cookout, music and the crowning of Homecoming royalty. Of course you'll hear our traditional BW cheer as we pack George Finnie Stadium for Yellow Jacket football: Awww Jackets!
The colorful, annual Dance Marathon has quickly grown into the biggest student-led philanthropic event at BW. The 12-hour event raises funds and awareness for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation "one shake and shimmy at a time." BW holds its 15th marathon in 2016 and, as always, student organizers will looking be looking to set another fundraising record!
MidNight Madness (MNM)
If it's Thursday night, you should be at MidNight Madness (MNM). With crazy new themes each week MNM has featured BW Idol, Rodeo Night, Dodgeball, The Price is Right, Putt Putt, Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest — you name it, MNM just might do it! This nonalcoholic social activity also includes free food, prizes and great potential for laughs and lasting memories.
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Fraternities and sororities often practice months in advance to do their best at this annual, often wild and wacky, performance and competition. With costumes, themes and school spirit to spare, Greek Sing has been an entertaining night for all who have attended for generations.
Speaking of singing, BW's traditional Alma Mater was written by Laurel Rittenhouse '52. You'll hear it performed at lots of campus events, including your commencement ceremony.
Baldwin Wallace, hail thy name
Praise to thee we bring,
Where'er we go throughout the land,
Our loyalty we'll sing.
Thy wisdom and thy friendships true
Will inspiration be,
Forever Baldwin Wallace
We pledge our hearts to thee.
Ring of Ribbons
A 100-year-old tradition that is central to convocation, commencement and golden class reunions, the Ring of Ribbons is a circular collection of ribbons representing the colors of each class since 1915. At convocation, the incoming class adds a distinctively colored ribbon; at commencement, the graduating senior class adds a second ribbon; and during 50th class reunion weekends, both class colors are renewed.