14 of the best Carthage Traditions
Whether you’re joining the Carthage family this fall or getting ready to graduate in the spring, Carthage has many special traditions that make this place home. Whether it’s sports or snacks, music or travel, you’re sure to remember these Carthage traditions long after graduation.
Carthage’s newest tradition brings the entire campus together by giving every student and faculty member a scarf. Whether wearing them to a sporting event or walking around outside of campus, Carthage community members will be easy to identify.
2. Kissing Rock
“The Kissing Rock is one of the best ways to bring the campus together. We can advocate for our beliefs, celebrate clubs and organizations on campus, and spread positive messages to everyone on campus. I love walking past and seeing the newest layer of paint added on.” — River Finnegan ’22
3. Celebration of Scholars
Celebration of Scholars welcomes Carthage students, faculty, and staff to showcase their impressive academic and creative work they’ve done. All are invited to join in and watch as many win awards and are recognized for their hard work and achievements.
4. Christmas Festival
“My favorite Carthage moment has been going to the Christmas Festival. Not hearing much about it beforehand, I was expecting it to be similar to the concerts my high school held. I was very much mistaken. The concert was absolutely amazing. Every moment was breathtaking. The choirs and bands put on such an outstanding performance that I will definitely be back next year.” — Jordan Ball ’23, computer science major
5. Late Night Breakfast
Held every year before finals begin, late night breakfast is a time to gather with friends and get in those last-minute study sessions before the end-of-the-year tests roll around. With everything from a pile of pancakes to eggs and bacon, students love snacking while preparing for the end of the semester.
Every year homecoming welcomes alumni and current students on campus to participate in fun activities, the celebration of achievements, and an overall feeling of community. Sporting events, guest speakers, and entertainment are staples when homecoming week rolls around.
7. Freshman Orientation
“One of my favorite Carthage moments was meeting my First in the Family mentees. I am a first-generation student and have participated in a program meant to prepare first-generation freshmen for college life by coming to school half a week early. Through this program, I met some of the most passionate and friendly students who I am lucky to call my friends now.” — Alanna Sullivan ’21, neuroscience major
“Something that I will always remember is the monthly bingo games on campus. Each one is super exciting, and you get this rush every time you are super close to winning a round. It is really rewarding when you win a prize, even if it is only a pair of fuzzy socks.” — Kaitlyn Keel ’21, public relations major
“In January 2020, I was lucky enough to take part in the Nicaragua J-Term trip. This experience was life-changing for many reasons. Not only did I get to hike to the top of an active volcano, but I got to meet people and experience Nicaraguan culture firsthand while also solving clean water issues on the island of Ometepe. This unique opportunity is something I truly don’t believe I would’ve gotten to experience at another school, and I am so thankful to have had this chance.” — Kathleen Cochran ’21, geospatial science major
10. Athletic Events
“There are so many different events to go to but I love attending the football games and sitting in the bleachers with all my friends, we always have a really good time cheering on the players and spending time with each other outside of class.” — Macey Montavon ’21, biology major
11. Club/Org Days
The beginning of the fall semester brings students back to campus as well as the annual involvement fair. Carthage offers a myriad of opportunities to take part in extracurricular activities. Ranging from working on Carthage’s own radio station to fencing club, there is a little something for every student to try.
12. Thanksgiving in the Caf
“One of the best things about the Caf is when they offer Thanksgiving food. Sometimes students might not be able to go home during the holidays so it’s nice to spend it with friends and eat as much food as possible in any way we can.” — Molly Joyce ’22
13. Carthage Kick-Off Days
“I remember the karaoke night in the Oaks. It was my first semester at Carthage and I was surprised to see the stage set up. I expected something more lowkey, but the band was amazing!. I remember one girl going on stage and singing “I Will Survive.” She had so much energy and was dancing around – it was so fun! They also had these two guys who helped us make these splatter paint tote bags.” — Daniela Avilez ’21, English major
14. Stratford Trip
“The Stratford Trip is always the highlight of my fall! It is a great combination of learning and fun that gives you a wonderful appreciation for theatre. Going to Stratford really sparked my passion for travel.” — Kathryn Milschewski ’21, English major