Barry University Traditions: Learn, Reflect, Serve


Barry University’s campus traditions highlight social and academic mission-centered programs across the university for fall and spring semesters. We hope you will join us in taking advantage of these experiences and opportunities.

Barry has put in place "layers of protection" to guard against the spread of COVID-19 within our university community. Our institutional traditions, highlighted below, will incorporate physical distancing and remote participation in order to ensure a robust student life experience, both in-person and virtually.

New Student Orientation

August 28-30, 2020

New Student Orientation provides incoming undergraduate students with essential social and academic resources to support their transition to Barry University.

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New Student Investiture

August 28, 2020

New Student Investiture is the signature welcoming ceremony with the university president that highlights the opening chapter of college life for entering students.

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Welcome Week

August 31- September 6, 2020

Activities during the first week of classes welcome all students with fun, interactive programs designed to maximize student opportunities to make lifelong friends.

Mass of the Holy Spirit

September 16, 2020

The University community marks the beginning of the fall semester by celebrating the Mass of the Holy Spirit where members of all faith traditions are invited for blessings on the new academic year.

Peace Week

September 19-26, 2020

Peace Week celebrates Barry's Core Commitment to "foster peace and non-violence" through programs that complement the International Day of Peace (September 21, 2020)

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Founders' Week

November 7-15, 2020

The Founders' Week tradition celebrates Barry's history, Catholic, Dominican identity and Adrian Dominican foundation. Through scholarly and joyful events, we highlight the University's faithfulness to its Mission and Core Commitments.

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Christmas Tree Lighting

December 2, 2020

This special tradition kicks off the Christmas season with music, food and fun activities. Meet Santa as you stroll through the International Village with holiday treats, elves and reindeer.

Baccalaureate Mass & Rose and Candle Ceremony

December 11, 2020 and May 7, 2021

Baccalaureate Mass and Rose and Candle Ceremony are our graduation traditions for celebrating seniors as they embark on their new journey as Barry alumni. This ceremony completes the college experience students began at New Student Investiture.

MLK Jr. Day of Service

January 16, 2021

Barry's MLK Day of Service addresses current social issues affecting Miami's communities of color, including youth development, public health, and environmental justice.

Unity Week

February 7-11, 2021

Celebrate Barry's Core Commitment to Inclusive Community through a series of events that highlight our diverse community and student body.

Community Engagement Symposium and Awards

March 21, 2021

This Symposium will bring together campus and community partners to network and explore community engagement projects and experiential learning practices and principles.

Earth Week

April 11-16, 2021

Earth Week celebrates Barry's commitment to "recognize the sacredness of the Earth" that includes programs and events that promote sustainability efforts on campus and in the local community.

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The Buckys

April 28, 2021

This annual awards show honors our athletes from different sports, special moments and accomplishments in Barry University's history.

Moonlight Madness

Spring 2021

Join Barry's athletic teams for a pep rally celebrating Bucky's Birthday. Enjoy a night of great food and fun-filled entertainment.

Undergraduate Mini-Conference

Spring 2021

This daylong conference includes presentations, workshops, and guest speakers from local community-based organizations. Attending conference sessions may be required or optional assignments for many classes.

Communiqué & Faculty Awards


In recognition of exceptional scholarly and professional accomplishments, full-time faculty at Barry University are eligible to apply for the Sr. Jeanne O'Laughlin, OP, Scholar's Award and the Outstanding Faculty Member Award.

Faculty Seminar Series

Fall and Spring