Campus Traditions

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

Homecoming

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

  • Late Knight Madness
  • Touch the Knight
  • Dance
  • T-Shirt Swap
  • Battle of the Classes Blood Drive 

Ball on the Belle


ball on the belle

Sparks at Knight

Bellarmine Fireworks 2018
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.  

Hillside

This treasured campus tradition began in the 1960s, but became a regularly occurring event in the 1990s. Over time the concert has evolved from a musical performance on the concrete slab outside of the University Dining Hall to the biennial concert in the Quad that it is now. 

Summer Send-off

90s Block Party is here! T-shirts, slap koozies, egg exchange, inflatables, a rock wall, crafts, No Baked cookie dough and so much more!

Senior Week

senior week at Churchill Downs
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. 

Spring Festival and Egg Quest

Celebrate the completion of another academic year and relax before final exams at the Spring Festival. This annual event is also where students can redeem the Easter eggs they have found on campus for various prizes.

Women in Leadership Banquet

Women in leadership
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, student orientation leaders, and First-Year Focus (FYF) faculty go with their FYF class to one of 25 Nonprofit Community Partner sites to complete projects that meet community-identified needs at the end of orientation week. This program allows students to explore community engagement opportunities outside of Bellarmine and engage with neighborhoods and nonprofits in the greater Louisville community. It opens the door for students to invest more deeply in community engagement throughout the rest of their student experience at Bellarmine and beyond. 

The Big Event

Join us for Bellarmine's newest tradition! We will be thanking our neighbors in the Belknap community for surrounding us with continual support by helping them with odd jobs, such as yard work, organizing, and more. 

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.  

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.  

Winter Maker Market

At this wintertime artisan market, students and recent alumni sell handmade goods and other unique items—such as pottery, prints, knitted winter wear, vintage clothes, and stationery. 

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

Knights of Honor
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. 

Contact

Bryan Hamann
Associate Director of Student Activities
BHamann@Bellarmine.edu
502.272.7114