Make sure to take part in these campus traditions before you finish your time at Bellarmine! 

Faculty/Staff vs. Student Basketball Game



Bolster your school spirit and celebrate what it means to be a Bellarmine Knight during the annual Homecoming Week, including signature events like:

  • Pep Rally
  • Late Knight Bingo
  • Faculty and Staff vs. Students Basketball Game
  • T-Shirt Swap
  • Homecoming Dance


Ball on the Belle 

Join BAC on our annual Halloween Dance Party when we rent out the Belle of Louisville and take a cruise down the Ohio River.

Firework display at Bellarmine


Sparks at Knight

Start your year off with a bang! This welcome back carnival takes place annually on the first Saturday of the fall semester and is a great way to meet your classmates, faculty and staff. The event culminates with a large fireworks display at 9:30 pm.  

Senior Week Yacht Trip 2023


Senior Week

Senior Week takes place annually in the week leading up to the spring commencement. This is an opportunity for students to reflect on their time at Bellarmine and celebrate their achievements with their fellow classmates. 

Egg Quest

During the spring semester join Bellarmine Activities Council for an Egg Hunt around campus. Turn these eggs into BAC to claim some prizes. Be one of the lucky few to find the GOLDEN EGGS with prizes like a drone, a flat screen TV, iPad and more! Check Engage for date and event details!

Women in Leadership banquet audience


Women in Leadership Banquet

The annual Women in Leadership Banquet—held in the spring semester—gathers woman-identifying students, faculty, staff, and alumnae from the Bellarmine Community to provide networking opportunities and celebrate the accomplishments of our women leaders. 

Knights in Action


Knights in Action

Knights in Action is a large-scale program in which the entire first-year class goes with their BU100 Instructors to one of our Nonprofit Community Partner sites to complete projects that meet community-identified needs at the end of Week of Welcome. This program allows students to explore community engagement opportunities outside Bellarmine and engage with neighborhoods and nonprofits in the greater Louisville community. It allows students to invest more deeply in community engagement throughout their experience at Bellarmine and beyond. 

Deck the Walls

Join the Bellarmine Activities Council to compete with your classmates in seeing who can build the most unique and creative gingerbread house. This event happens each fall semester before Late Knight Breakfast

Late Knight Breakfast

Take a break from studying and enjoy the company of your classmates at the Late Knight Breakfast each semester. Members of Bellarmine’s faculty and staff serve a free breakfast to students in the University Dining Hall each semester on the night before Study Day.  

McGowan Medal

We recognize completing your undergraduate degree is an arduous journey, but not one that you complete alone. Each student has a family member, friend, or mentor who either got them to Bellarmine, helped them navigate their time at Bellarmine, helped them succeed at Bellarmine and helped them graduate from Bellarmine. The McGowan Medal is a way to recognize that individual and say “Thank You”. The medal is named for Bellarmine’s third president, Dr. Jay McGowan, who served as a mentor and guide to many individuals in the Bellarmine community.  

Academic Convocation and Book Signing

The beginning of your academic journey at Bellarmine University begins with the Academic Convocation and Matriculation ceremony. The Academic Convocation brings the Bellarmine family together to officially welcome and recognize all new students as members of the Bellarmine community. In addition to the Convocation ceremony, new students are invited to sign the Matriculation Book, signifying their commitment to Bellarmine. 

Knight of Honor Ceremony 2023


Knight of Honor

Each year Bellarmine Seniors have the opportunity to be nominated and apply for the Knight of Honor Court. Ten students are selected after being nominated by a faculty or staff member and completing an interview process with Bellarmine Alumni and the Bellarmine Women’s Council. Students then are voted on by their peers to select the two Knight of Honors. These students will receive a cash prize of $500.  


Elaine Surdyke 
Director of Student Activities and Orientation