Traditions — Those rituals, customs and symbols that breathe life and values into our community. They create a sense of belonging and celebrate the rich history of our institution. Since its founding in 1889, Elon has established a history steeped in traditions that connect generations of students, faculty, staff and alumni through lasting memories. Some, like hosting events under a majestic canopy of oaks or the weekly Numen Lumen opportunity for reflection and inspiration, have their roots in significant historical rituals. Others, such as College Coffee, Turning 21 Dinners, Festival of Holiday Lights, our beloved Phoenix and the gifts of acorns and oak saplings to our new and graduating students are more recent in their development.