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Campus Traditions

Baccalaureate Mass - is celebrated prior to the Commencement exercises to ask God's blessing on the graduates and their families.

Homecoming- is a weeklong celebration of traditional events, fun activities and competitions. Traditional Events include a kickoff event, Barry Beauties, Bonfire, Crowning of King &Queen and Golf Cart Parade. Competitions between clubs and organizations, Residence Halls, and student organized teams also traditionally took place during the week with such favorites as Boat Races, Powder Puff Football and Window Painting. Fashion Show, Formal Dance, and the Festival of Nations are popular large scale events.

Commencement - takes place in May, and December of each academic year.

Founders' Week- commemorates Barry's history, mission, Catholic Identity and Dominican heritage. During this week we remember our founder's: Mother Mary Gerald Barry, Bishop Patrick Barry, Monsignor William Barry, John Thompson and the Adrian Dominican Sisters for whom Barry is a sponsored institution. We celebrate the pride we have in our university at this annual event.

Community Fest- highlight's Barry's history, heritage and the transformational nature of the Barry University community, combining the traditional days of Barry Pride Day and Founders' Day.  As Barry celebrates its rich Catholic Dominican heritage, students, staff, faculty and the community at large are invited to a fun and festive afternoon.

Honors Convocation - is held the day before commencement to honor students who have achieved high academic standing or who have been elected to campus and/or national honor societies. The event is sponsored by the university's Honors Committee.

Mass of the Holy Spirit - is celebrated for the university community during the first week of fall classes to pray for God's blessing and protection on the new academic year and the members of the Barry family.

New Student Investiture - is the official welcoming ceremony for new students to Barry University. Held during the fall orientation, the New Student Investiture is an inter-faith ceremony which highlights the religious dimension of Barry University and commemorates the opening chapter of college life at Barry for the entering class. New students and their families are the honored guests at this ceremony.

Rose and Candle Ceremony - is one of the oldest traditional student activities at commencement. The ceremony attempts to symbolize in word and song the deep bonds of friendships that have developed between seniors and underclassmen. Seniors give a candle, symbol of knowledge and wisdom, to an underclassman of their choice and receive, in return, a red rose, symbol of love and friendship.

Winter and Spring Chorale Concerts - are Barry's gift in music and song to the Miami community in December and April.

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