Annual Traditions

First-Year Student Festival: 
New students enjoy music, novelties, recreation, and food after move-in.

Casino Night: 
New students play roulette, black jack, and other casino games while competing for fun prizes.

Glow Party: 
New students dance the night away under the glow of neon lights. Three dueling DJs provide the music. 

Student Involvement Fair: 
Student organizations and campus departments recruit students for opportunities for the upcoming year.  

Mud Games: 
Teams compete in physical challenges in a mud pit.

Greek Recruitment: 
The fraternities and sororities recruit new members. 

Teams compete in lip sync performances that often include dancing, skits, and costumes. 

Alumni are invited back to campus to participate in a weekend of events.

Homecoming Parade: 
Students, faculty/staff, and furry friends process on a short campus route (by foot or car). Participants often perform brief skits or routines in costume.

Homecoming Court: 
Students nominate Homecoming Court representatives from the first-year, sophomore, junior, and senior classes. The top nominees are crowned Marlin Royalty. 

Homecoming Dance: 
Students attend a dance with a DJ and photographer. Dress to impress!

Homecoming Tailgate: 
Students and alumni enjoy live music, games, food and drinks. The tailgate takes place during athletic events. 

Veterans Day: 
The campus hosts a ceremony to honor United States veterans.

Christmas Tree Lighting: 
Students, faculty, and staff sing carols, light candles, drink hot cocoa and cider before lighting the tree.  The highlight is a rousing rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Spa a La Marlin on Reading Day: 
Students enjoy free de-stress activities such as massages or giveaways and snacks before exams. 

Late Night Breakfast: 
Students are served bacon, eggs, biscuits, and more as a final treat before exams begin. Faculty and staff help cook and serve the food. 

Winter Homeless Shelter: 
Students, faculty/staff, and alumni volunteer to help manage an off-campus homeless shelter for a week. 

Spring Alumni Weekend: 
Alumni are invited back to VWU to participate in a weekend of events.

The Bobbies:
 Student leaders and organizations are recognized for their achievements at these Student Leadership Awards

Senior Days: 
Graduating students participate in Wesleyan Wednesday at Shorebreak, Baccalaureate Services, a fun outing to a local venue, and Commencement.

Pub 'n Club: 
A series of parties with a DJ, dancing, games, and food.