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Student signing the honor code poster.

Call to Honor

August

This event occurs each fall for new students to learn about and celebrate the tenets of the Elon Honor Code. They hear from current student leaders, faculty, staff, and alumni about our core values of honesty, integrity, responsibility, and respect. Students share in reciting the pledge and signing the Honor Code. These signatures are then displayed around campus.

Three people taking a selfie in front of tents during Family Weekend.

Family Weekend

September

This weekend in the early fall is for families and friends to return to campus, visit with you, talk with faculty, experience a class, tailgate, attend a football game and participate in numerous other activities. Your friends and family are a part of the Elon Family and we hope they be able to join us!

The Homecoming king and queen standing on the football field.

Homecoming Week

October / November

Homecoming isn’t just for alumni! Mark your calendar and experience a fall tradition that grows bigger every year. Typically held in late October or early November (depending on our football schedule), you won’t want to miss the many activities that celebrate friendship and community.

Exterior view of Alamance building surrounded with luminaries.

Festival of Holiday Lights

December

The Elon community gathers each year to stroll through more than 2,000 luminaries around the center of campus, hear Christmas carols and other seasonal songs, light the Menorah in celebration of Hanukkah, and countdown the lighting of the campus — buildings and trees lit with more than 50,000 holiday lights. You won’t want to miss this joyous celebration. This event typically occurs the first Thursday evening in December.

Five students take photos in a photo booth at a Mardi Gras themed Elon Day party.

Elon Day

March

Each spring, the campus community comes together to celebrate this 24-hour day of giving and maroon and gold pride. On-campus events include a special College Coffee and an evening party typically in the Moseley Center. Alumni chapters hold Elon Day parties in more than 38 locations across the country and in London. All members of the community can use #ElonDay on social media to share and follow the celebration. This exciting day is typically scheduled in early March.

Students celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi by throwing brightly colored powders outside of Moseley Center.

Holi

March / April

Holi, the Hindu Festival of Color, marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Officially observed in early March on the day following the full moon, colored powder is thrown to celebrate the earth returning to color and good triumphing over evil. It is a celebration that glorifies abundant harvest and the fertility of the land. At Elon, we tend to celebrate Holi in April, when the weather is a little warmer, with a traditional powdered paint-throwing extravaganza at the Speaker’s Corner on Young Commons in front of the Moseley Center.

A student holding up a "Grad" sign while standing under a maroon and gold balloon archway.

Senior Week

May

Just because your last classes at Elon are over, doesn’t mean the traditions are! In the week between your last exam and Commencement, we plan a number of events for you to connect with those faculty, staff members and fellow seniors who’ve been an important part of your time at Elon. Enjoy a picnic Under the Oaks, have your picture taken in the Alamance fountain, get dressed up for a senior gala and much more. Get ready — your sapling is next!