Willamette Traditions

What would a college campus be without its own traditions? Here’s a look at some of Willamette’s unique happenings.

Star Trees: Planted in 1942, these five giant Sequoias are the largest on any college or university campus in the U.S. Walk into the middle of them and look up to see a star-shaped sky — and campus lore says that if sweethearts share a kiss there, they might be destined for marriage.

Mill Stream: The Mill Stream running through the heart of campus is the place to see and be seen on sunny days. Students usually stay away on their birthdays, or else their friends might throw them in.

Wulapalooza: Take some talented student bands, enjoy dancing and outdoor activities, douse it with glitter and bubbles, and you’ve got Wulapalooza. This spring-time, student-run earth, art and music festival gives everyone a chance to celebrate before finals.

Bistro: Whether they’re picking up a latté on the way to class, studying for an exam, catching up with friends or performing at open mic night, students and professors often cite the student-run Bistro as one of their favorite hangouts.

Matriculation: Our undergraduates begin their college journeys by floating candles down the Mill Stream during Matriculation at Opening Days. The moving points of light symbolize their varied paths through Willamette.

Midnight Breakfast: Willamette professors and staff members serve up eggs, bacon and pancakes at Midnight Breakfast, a late-night study-break event for students during finals.

Student Scholarship Recognition Day: On this day every spring, we cancel classes so that our undergraduates can present their research and creative work to the campus community. Their classmates and professors pack the audience.

Brownwater Regatta: Every spring, students and faculty in the Willamette MBA program celebrate the end of the academic year with a series of events, including tubing down the Mill Stream.

Barrister's Ball: The College of Law's annual spring formal event where students, faculty and administrators dust off their finer clothes after midterms for a night of food, refreshments, music, dancing and fun.

Student Activities

Many of our traditions originate from organizations run through Student Activities.

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Multicultural Affairs

This office supports many long-standing multicultural events and traditions on campus.

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Opening Days

Our annual new-student orientation is home to many of the first traditions students experience.

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