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.
Every November, we set time aside as a university community to:

  • Recall Barry’s founding as Barry College in 1940
  • Pay tribute to Barry’s four original founders
    • Mother Gerald Barry, OP, Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters
    • The Most Reverend Patrick Barry, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida
    • Monsignor William Barry, Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Miami Beach
    • Mr. John (Jack) Graves Thompson, Esq., Mayor of Miami Shores
  • Honor the Adrian Dominican Sisters who have been our religious sponsors and most significant benefactors since 1940
  • Reflect on contemporary expressions of the Barry Mission Statement and Core Commitments

Whether you are living a Barry life in Miami Shores, Orlando, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, St. Croix, or the Bahamas, we encourage you to commemorate our founding with our students and colleagues. Founders’ Week highlights our institutional faithfulness to our heritage, Mission and Core Commitments. We are all a part of taking this legacy forward for future generations.

Community Fest- held within Founders’ Week, this event brings together students, faculty, staff and the community for a fun and festive afternoon of performances, games, and food. We celebrate the pride we have in our university at this annual event through completions such as musical chairs, and infamous, thrilling bed races.

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- provides first-year students with the opportunity to engage in common involvement activities, receive an introduction to 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 the university and is held the day before graduation. The ceremony attempts to symbolize in word and song the deep bonds of friendships that have developed between two students. Graduating students give a candle, symbol of knowledge and wisdom, to a student of their choice and receive, in return, a red rose, symbol of love and friendship.

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