Traditions are what unite us here at Seattle University. Through these events and experiences we embody our values, celebrate our differences, and soar as Redhawks.
We welcome all new Redhawks, their families, and supporters to Seattle U! Begin your Redhawk journey during the orientation experience - where you will sign your class banner, participate in Ring-In, and build community through a variety of welcome festivities! All new first-year students participate in Orientation to launch their educational careers at Seattle U.
New Student Convocation is an important rite of passage for new students at Seattle University. As your first SU academic ceremony, we celebrate the start of your journey. You'll hear from campus leaders like the Seattle University President, Provost, and student body President.
At Seattle University, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and build community. Come learn more about one of our 175+ clubs and organizations and meet with representatives from various University departments and off-campus partners. Fall Involvement Fair is typically held during Fall Welcome!
Seattle University's annual Mass of the Holy Spirit takes place at the Immaculate Conception Church. A longstanding tradition at Catholic universities around the world, the Mass of the Holy Spirit is an opportunity to ask for God's blessings on the new academic year.
For one weekend in autumn, families are our special guests. Please join us for Family Weekend. Whether your student is a freshman or senior, Family Weekend will have programs to enjoy together.
New Student Retreat is a Seattle U tradition offered by Campus Ministry each fall quarter as a way for first-year and transfer undergraduate students to build community, reflect on their hopes for their journey at SU, and have fun! On New Student Retreat, you'll have the chance to build community in a small group of your peers that will meet throughout fall quarter, to reflect on your journey to and at SU, to mix and mingle with fellow new students across similarities and difference at a handful of virtual large group gatherings, and to have some fun while you're at it!
Fall Ball is SEAC's annual semi-formal dance. Hundreds of students dress up and go out on the town for a night of music, dancing, laughter, and fun. Put on your dancing shoes and dance the night away in one of Seattle's many beautiful venues. Past venues include the Museum of Pop Culture, Museum of History and Innovation, the Seattle Art Museum, the Aquarium, and Benaroya Hall. Students have the opportunity to explore a new part of Seattle and have a fun night out with their friends.
Every year, we invite our SU alumni and campus communities to celebrate our University values and campus spirit through a series of events. Whether it's the annual red umbrella parade, the nomination of our student Homecoming Court, Day of Service, or cheering on our Redhawks on the basketball court, we hope you'll take an opportunity to join us!
Kick off the Christmas season, SU style at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Come early and enjoy the festivities in the Student Center, including photos with Santa Claus, arts and crafts, live reindeer, and other fun activities. Then head outside with fellow merry-makers for the main event starring our own Seattle University chapel choir leading carols, Rudy the Redhawk, and more. Following the Christmas Tree Lighting, join our Jewish Student Union to celebrate the start of Hanukkah with food, games, and fun!
Taking place between January 4th - 10th, Winter Welcome is your time to get to know your new Redhawk family, prepare for the start of classes on January 5th, and get involved with the many great opportunities the SU community has to offer. All Winter Welcome events this year will be completely virtual, so wherever you are, you will be able to join us. Whether you are a first-year student or transferring to SU, living outside Seattle or on campus, this Winter Welcome is for you! Winter Welcome events are posted in ConnectSU, Seattle University's online involvement platform. Please note that there are some required events for all new students to attend.
Did you miss the Fall Involvement Fair? Catch the more intimate Winter Involvement Fair, held early in the winter quarter (late January/early February). The Winter Involvement Fair is a great opportunity to meet with club representatives.
Every January, we celebrate the life and legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We reflect on the lessons he imparted, the dreams he shared, and how we can continue to respond to his call to act in great love.
This year, we are thrilled to announce that Dr. Angela Davis will be our keynote speaker. Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.
MLK Jr. Celebration: Good Trouble in 2021 will be a virtual event. The event will take place on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 6-7pm (Pacific Time). A recording will be shared with the SU community following the event for anyone who was unable to attend.
Battle of the Bands (BoB), showcases student bands in a competition for various prizes and bragging rights. Student bands compete against each other in a showcase of amazing Seattle U talent. The winner of BoB gets to open SEAC's annual Quadstock Music Festival in the spring.
Seattle University Dance Marathon (SUDM) is a year long fundraising effort for Seattle Children's Hospital's Uncompensated Care Fund and Cancer Immunotherapy Research. SUDM participants seek a world without pediatric illness. SUDM is an essential part of the Seattle University experience because it builds community within the student body while providing funds and support for Seattle Children's Hospital.
The International Dinner is hosted by the International Student Center every winter quarter and includes cultural performances and food from around the world! This historic, annual, Seattle University event is entirely student-organized and engages with various student organizations and the local Seattle community!
This year's theme "Our World at Home" celebrates our student community currently located all over the world! We will be having a month-long social media campaign throughout February and a Live Stream Closing Celebration to conclude our Virtual International Dinner.
Rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, since 1990, our Ignatian Silent Retreats offer an opportunity to more deeply experience God’s profound love and great desires for your life. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, these retreats are accessible to students of all traditions. Over four days and three nights, these retreats include thematic talks, daily liturgy, quiet time for prayer and rest, and individual sessions with your own spiritual director. The Ignatian Silent Retreats are located in a beautiful, waterfront setting overlooking the Puget Sound and offer private rooms that invite you into deeper beauty, contemplation, and relationship with God. For more information, contact Megan Kush at email@example.com
Join Campus Ministry for one of our Search Retreats during winter and spring quarters! Since 1969, Search has provided students with the opportunity to explore themselves and their sense of the sacred in the context of community. Though the retreat's roots are in the Christian tradition, students of all faith and non-faith backgrounds are welcome to attend and encouraged to show up as they are.
SEAC's annual Quadstock, Seattle University's biggest event of the year, is an all-day music festival event. Like Seattle’s music scene, Quadstock offers music of all different genres and will have something for everyone. Past performers include The Thermals, MAX, ok Go, Dev, Macklemore, Ivan & Alyosha, and Saint Motel.
Celebrate the end of the academic year with Red Night Out, Seattle University's celebration of the SU community. During the event, we'll recognize student award winners, take the time to reflect on our year together, and of course, have fun. All students, staff, faculty, alumni, community members, family, and friends are invited to join this event which usually happens in May. No RSVP required!
Join Campus Ministry for one of our Search Retreats! Since 1969, Search has provided students with the opportunity to explore themselves and their sense of the sacred in the context of community. Though the retreat's roots are in the Christian tradition, students of all faith and non-faith backgrounds are welcome to attend and encouraged to show up as they are.
Seattle University hosts a variety of senior celebrations leading up to the commencement of the graduating class. These celebrations honor the various sociocultural identities, academic achievements, and leadership experiences of our graduating Redhawks.
Information about this year's Baccalaureate Mass will be shared soon!
Assistant Director, Events & Traditions