Traditions

First Step

Traditions link the present to the past, and they provide a dash of fun and spirit to the Hollins experience.

The Rock

The Rock

By tradition, only seniors can paint colorful messages on this large chunk of shale located near the science building.

Faculty Caroling

Faculty and administrators surprise students by singing favorite holiday songs outside the residence halls.

First Step

Following Opening Convocation at the beginning of each academic year, seniors take their first official steps onto Front Quad. Tradition maintains that seniors are the only students permitted to walk on the grass on Front Quad.

Founder’s Day

Before the campus convocation, seniors walk to the Cocke family cemetery and place a wreath on the grave of Hollins’ founder, Charles Lewis Cocke.

Golden Rule Dinner

The money saved by serving a simple dinner goes toward service organizations.

Holiday Tea

A festive gathering full of good cheer and delicious treats.

Hundredth Night

100 days before graduation, seniors have a party and reflect on their Hollins years.

Miss Matty’s Birthday

Matty Cocke, daughter of Hollins’ founder, was the first woman to head a college in Virginia. She served as Hollins’ president from 1901 to 1933.

Pancake Study Breaks

Role reversal: faculty and staff make pancakes for students during late-night study breaks before fall and spring finals.

Passing of the Robes

Seniors bequeath their decorated robes to juniors.

Ring Night

Juniors take part in skits and other silly antics to earn their class rings and discover the identity of their senior sisters.

Senior Class Banquet

Sophomores host a banquet honoring the senior class.

White Gift Service

A celebration of Advent and Christmas through music, scripture readings, and dance.

Favorite Tradition? Tinker Day

Tinker Day

Tinker Day

On a surprise day in October, students, faculty, and staff don crazy costumes and hike Tinker Mountain. The reward: a picnic of fried chicken and Tinker Cake.