Below are some of our “signature” programs which are unique to Elon. They touch the lives of students both at the beginning of their college careers and as they prepare to leave. These programs encourage students to appreciate the communities they have come from and the one they will experience at Elon.

Festival of Holiday Lights

Hot chocolate, carol singing and hundreds of luminaries lining the walkways are part of Elon’s annual Festival of Holiday Lights tradition. In 2020, the event will be modified to include luminaries and virtual programming. The date for the 2021 Festival of Holiday Lights is Tuesday, November 30 and the rain date is Wednesday, December 1.

Turning 21 Celebrations

Since the spring of 1998, Elon has celebrated the 21st birthday of thousands of juniors and seniors. This quarterly program brings together students and their faculty or staff mentors at a commemorative dinner.

Senior administrators, including former presidents Leo Lambert and Earl Danieley, have accompanied students to this rite of passage ceremony. Elon focuses on this 21st birthday transition to help students fully accept their new adult status in life and move with greater confidence into the future.

Faculty and staff members serve as keynote speakers, offering inspiration and sharing the wisdom of their life experiences. Each program ends with the toast: “The best is yet to be!”

Turning 21 has currently been modified for Fall semester 2021 to offer students an opportunity to submit a mentor reflection to the Truitt Center and to invite that mentor to coffee at the Oak House or Irazu, our treat! Following the mentor coffee conversation, students will be invited by email to pick up a Turning 21 mug at the Numen Lumen Pavilion front desk.

Interfaith Immersion

The Truitt Center is deeply committed to providing opportunities for students to learn about and engage with religious and spiritual traditions outside their own.  We believe that students learn and grow in powerful ways through meaningful engagement with difference.  Therefore, the Truitt Center offers programs throughout the year which are aimed at creating opportunities for this type of interfaith engagement.  Some examples of signature Truitt Center programs include: an Interfaith Lunch and Learn series during Winter Term (Winterfaith), religious holiday celebrations, and an interfaith spring break trip.