CELEBRATE! is Elon’s annual, weeklong celebration of student achievements in Elon’s many academic fields including the arts. CELEBRATE! 2019 is April 29 – May 4, 2019.

The Spring Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) has been an Elon tradition since 1993. The annual Awards Day Ceremony sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) has been a spring tradition recognizing exemplary achievements in academics and service since 1979. Since 2006, CELEBRATE! has brought together SURF, ODK and other events in a weeklong celebration.

On SURF Day (Tuesday, April 30th), students will engage you with poster sessions and presentations related to their scholarly work. Scholarship from all across the University will be showcased.

This year marks the second annual inclusion of the Celebrate Stage – a free, outdoor, lunchtime stage located near the entrance to Lakeside Dining. Bring your lunch outside to enjoy the program on the stage and the spring weather! (Our rain location is the Hearthside Lounge/Oak Room in Moseley Center.)

Each year, hundreds of Elon University students are involved in activities during CELEBRATE! The week includes seminars, presentations, art exhibitions, plays, student showcases, dance and music performances, and much, much more. CELEBRATE! 2019 honors academic inquiry, scholarly pursuit, creative expression, and all student achievements of the soon-to-conclude academic year. Please make some time to join the celebrations!


For more information on CELEBRATE! week, contact Kirby Wahl, Associate Dean, Elon College, The College of Arts and Sciences.


List of Celebrate! 2019 Events


Items in with * are open for all to attend.


Monday, April 29th

*    Senior Class Giving campaign “Donuts for Donors” at a table in Moseley (11 am – 2 pm).

*    Celebrate Stage, located between Moseley and Koury Rec (11:30-1:30) 

Varied presentations include the Faculty Jazz Trio! Pick up a boxed lunch in Lakeside Dining and bring it out to the stage today. 

Phi Kappa Phi Induction, McKinnon, MOS 215 and Hearth Lounge (6:00-7:30)

Phi Kappa Phi honors students with outstanding academic work in all disciplines across Elon’s campus.  In addition to undergraduates, Elon inducts graduate students, alumni, and faculty/administrators/staff who have let the “love of learning” be an example in their lives.

*    Women of the Elon Entertainment Empire  (7 – 10:00) *

WEEE (Women of the Elon Entertainment Empire) at Elon is hosting a panel for any female-identifying students and male allies interested in pursuing a career in entertainment in LA! Come hear from Kari Taylor (Deputy Chief of Staff for Elon University, Red Bandit, CAA) and our WEEE in LA Board Member Katrina Taylor (Documentarian, Sundance, SWSX, Berlinale, Venice Biennale)! All majors are welcome. Come learn more about our initiative here on campus to connect more students with our alumnae working in the entertainment industry!


Tuesday, April 30th ~ SURF Day

*    Poster Session begins at 9:00 in the Great Hall, Global Commons building. 

Please see the SURF Day schedule for many additional undergraduate research events: https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/undergraduate-research/wp-content/uploads/sites/446/2019/04/2019_SURF-Schedule-at-a-Glance.pdf

*    A Post-SURF Celebration of Elon Core Capstone Projects, on the 2nd Floor of the Global Commons (5:30-6:30) 

20 students will present posters or PowerPoint summaries of their Core Capstone Projects to the Elon community. Every Interdisciplinary Core Capstone Course requires a substantial project that allows students to integrate and apply what they have experienced throughout their studies at Elon, from first-year courses to the Core Capstone. These projects also provide opportunities for reflection on the components of the larger mission of the Elon Core Curriculum, thus preparing students to be global citizens and informed leaders motivated by concern for the common good.

*    elondocs Documentary Showcase in the Turner Theater (6:00)

This special screening will include a selection of short documentaries created by members of the elondocs production program. A mixture of audio, photo, and video documentary shorts will be presented.


Wednesday, May 1st

*    Portraits of Sikhs, Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the Arts – Photographer and Ethnographer: Styrling Rohr (All Day)

“Who are Sikhs?

Americans. Indians. North Carolinians. People who believe in service, equality, education, and

justice. People who play basketball. People who pray on Sundays.

These photographs and quotes are drawn from nearly eighty interviews with members of the Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina conducted during a two-year ethnographic research project as an Elon College Fellow and Elon Multifaith Scholar. However, the text that accompanies these images is not meant to render a complete picture of Sikh lives or Sikh religion. Rather, by highlighting the words of a few people living in North Carolina, this exhibit hopes to show that this community is diverse and unfailingly kind. By displaying these words I hope to give voice to some members of a community that is often poorly understood and to continue to lay the groundwork of starting conversations. Even though so few are pictured here, these Sikhs represent a wide range of unique stories. If you want to know more about this community then they will almost certainly welcome your questions, as they have so graciously done with mine.” – Styrling Rohr

*    Celebrate Stage, located between Moseley and Koury Rec (11:30-1:30) 

Varied presentations include students from the African Dance and Jazz III courses! Plan to enjoy the Cuban cuisine from the food truck on Iconic Plaza today!

*    Celebrate Stage, located between Moseley and Koury Rec (3:30-5:15) 

A special afternoon performance by Techtronica and Elon Music Ambassadors!

Order of the Oak’s Spring Luncheon

*    “Celebrating SOTL with CATL, CEL, and CRGE” event, Moseley 215 (4:00-5:30) 

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL), Center for Engaged Learning (CEL), and Center for Research on Global Engagement (CRGE) are partnering to host this poster session and catered reception to showcase SoTL projects and collaborations. They will also highlight how the Centers support SoTL at Elon.

*    Maker Takeover in the Moseley Center Lobby (4:30 – 6:30) 

See the projects and prototypes that Elon students have made at the Maker Hub’s biggest show-and-tell of the year. Demos include virtual reality, cooking, laser engravers, free cupcakes and a chance to win a special Elon souvenir.

Sigma Delta Pi induction ceremony and tribute to retiring Prof. Donna Van Bodegraven, McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion (4:30-7:00)

Department of Religious Studies’ End-of-Year Picnic, Spence Lobby & Patio (5:30-7:00)

Residence Life’s End-of-Year Banquet, McKinnon (5:30-10:00)

Elon College Fellows senior celebration, Lakeside Meeting Rooms (6:00-8:00)

*      Senior Class Giving campaign’s “S’more Time Under the Oaks” (7-10pm)

*     Julianne Papadopoulous presents her Honors research in a performance of Greek music with guest artists, Yeager Hall (7:00-8:00)


Thursday, May 2nd

*    Portraits of Sikhs, Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the Arts – Photographer and Ethnographer: Styrling Rohr (All Day)

See Wednesday for description.

*    Celebrate Stage, located between Moseley and Koury Rec (11:30-2:00) 

Varied presentations include the World Percussion Ensemble and the Elon Jazz Ensemble! Enjoy the make-your-own-ice-cream-sundae bar today.

*    “ElonEx: Experiential Learning Presentations” (a Service Learning & ELR Poster Session), McKinnon (11:30 – 1:30) 

ElonEx is a poster presentation event designed to celebrate the Elon Experiences! Student presenters from all five experiences will be sharing their stories about the impact that the Elon Experiences have had on their personal and professional careers. Stories range from interactions across the globe to meaningful relationships formed in our very own community. There will be a morning (11:30 am – 12:30 pm) and afternoon (12:30 – 1:30 pm) poster session. Refreshments will be provided. No prior registration required. We look forward to seeing you there! https://www.elon.edu/u/service-learning/wp-content/uploads/sites/519/2019/04/Final-ElonEx-Program.pdf

Elon College Distinguished Alumni awards luncheon, Johnston Hall, Rm 100 (12:00-1:30)

*    Leadership Awards Ceremony sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa, in Whitley Auditorium (4:15-5:30), with a 3:45 pm outdoor reception in front of Whitley before the ceremony (rain location: Snow Atrium in Schar Hall) 

Omicron Delta Kappa is honored to sponsor the Annual Awards Day Ceremony. Since 1977, Elon’s Circle of ODK recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills while maintaining high academic standards. The Ceremony is a means to recognize students campus-wide who exemplify integrity and excellence in their academic and experiential endeavors. A reception will be held at 3:45 p.m., with the ceremony to follow at 4:15 p.m. Sponsored by ODK and the Center for Leadership.

*    Remembrance Readings – National Jewish Theater Foundation/Holocaust Theater International Initiative, the Sacred Space in the Truitt Center (2:30-3:30) 

Sponsored by Jewish Studies at Elon, this year’s program will feature excerpts from The Book of Ruth by Deborah Lynn Frockt, and is directed and produced by Elon Senior and JST minor, Sara Wasserman. All are invited. The readings will be part of the programs for Yom Ha’Shoah sponsored by Jewish Studies at Elon, and will be immediately followed by a panel discussion. The entire program will run 60 minutes and additional curricular support can be made available for participating classes.

Business Fellows event, KoBC 101 (4:15-5:15)

Love School of Business professors will come and give a short speech about either a failure or a risk they’ve taken that ended up paying off in the long run. It’s designed to promote risk-taking within the business fellows program, but it is open all.

*     English Department’s “Food & Literature Event,” Global 108D & 110D (5:00-7:00)

There’s more to food in literature than Proust’s madeleine. Find out what more by preparing and eating dinner with Dr. Kevin Bourque. Participation limited by space: email jschickedantz@elon.edu reserve a spot!

Human Service Studies’ senior banquet and awards ceremony, Oaks 212 (5:30-7:30)

The Smith Jackson Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary banquet, Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the Arts (7:30-8:30)

*    1940s Radio Hour opens in the Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West (7:30 curtain) 

Book by Walton Jones based on an idea by Walton Jones and Carol Lees, Music by various composers, Director – Linda Sabo, Music Director – Valerie Maze

A different time is evoked in this live radio broadcast of The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade from the Hotel Astor’s Algonquin Room on December 21, 1942. Tunes such as “Black Magic,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Our Love is Here to Stay,” “Blues in the Night” and a host of others are featured. The spirit of that bygone era when the world was at war is accurately captured. A shortened radio version of “A Christmas Carol” is even presented accomplishing sound effects the old-fashioned way.


Friday, May 3rd

*    Portraits of Sikhs, Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the Arts – Photographer and Ethnographer: Styrling Rohr (All Day)

See Wednesday for description.

Admissions Open House for Transfers, McKinnon and possibly Moseley 215 (Noon-6:00)

*    Celebrate Stage, located between Moseley and Koury Rec (12:00-2:30) 

Varied presentations include improvisation troupes Please Clap! and Instant Laughter, and musical ensembles include Elon’s Saxophone Quartet! Plan to enjoy the Indian cuisine prepared by Taaza Bistro today.

Lumen Scholars Cohort Meeting, Moseley 215 (1:00 – 5:30)

*    1940s Radio Hour continues through May 6th in the Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West (7:30 curtain – see Thursday for description) 


Saturday, May 4th

*    1940s Radio Hour continues through May 6th in the Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West (two performances today: 2:00 & 7:30 curtains – see Thursday for description)

Black Student Union’s Senior Soiree, Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the Arts (6-10)

*    Elon Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert in McCrary Theatre (7:30-9:30) 

The concert program will be a culmination of the ensemble’s hard work throughout the course of the entire 2018-19 academic year. With a program comprised of a wide variety of jazz styles, this concert is sure to have something for everyone. Conductor – Rusty Smith