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, competitions, and fun activities. Competitions between clubs and organizations, residence halls, and student organized teams also traditionally take place during the week, with such favorites as Bucky Bird Watch, Residential Life Battle of the Halls, Powder Puff Football and Popular Boat Races

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.

Freshman Experience Day- Freshmen Experience Day provides first-year students with the opportunity to engage in common involvement activities, mission centered community service programs, and reflective workshops with other first-year students. This is a mandatory one-day program that helps students find out what it means to be a Buccaneer and to understand the meaning behind the Barry Motto: Learn, Reflect, and Serve! Participating in Freshmen Experience Day will help new student in their transition into the Barry Community.

New Student Investiture - is the official welcoming ceremony for new students to Barry University. Held during 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.

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