My Top 5 Campus Traditions • SJC Brooklyn

Michael BanachBy Michael Banach
Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations

For a campus that is 100 years old, SJC Brooklyn is rooted in tradition and history. Throughout the past century, many events that occur at SJC Brooklyn have become welcome and beloved traditions. Below is a list of these events that you certainly don’t want to miss:

1. Investiture

At the annual Investiture ceremony, students are clothed in the traditional academic cap and gown. Putting on this clothing, which goes back to the medieval universities, symbolizes their introduction into the community of scholars. As new members of the SJC community, students commit themselves to seek knowledge during their college years. 

Founders Day
2. Founders Day

Founders Day honors the intellect and curiosity of the pioneering women and faculty who launched the SJC one century ago. On Tuesday, October 4, a wide array of artists, writers and public intellectuals — including theologian Elizabeth Johnson — will visit SJC Brooklyn to discuss their work and expose students to new ideas while celebrating the College’s intellectual legacy. 


Trick or Treaters
3. Dillon Center Trick-or-Treaters

At the Dillon Child Study Center, the curriculum is based on play and the joy of learning and wonder of growing is nurtured daily. On Halloween, the entire school trick or treats around campus and learns about the various buildings, offices and jobs in the SJC community.


Holiday Festival
4. Holiday Festival

The Annual Holiday Festival, sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Campus Activity Board, is a beloved SJC tradition. On Tuesday, December 6, faculty, students and staff look forward to buying raffle tickets and entering for a chance to win one of the baskets created by our many clubs and organizations. They plan different themes ranging from "Winter Wonderland" to "Santa's Toy Shop" and always try to top the prior year's creations.

FYE Community Service Project
5. FYE Holiday Community Service Project

One SJC tradition that symbolizes what the College is truly about is the FYE SJC Santa program. On Monday, December 5, every freshman will bring in a new, unwrapped toy (as do many staff and faculty) and spend one of the last FYE sessions wrapping and packing up toys for children at P.S. 65 in the Bronx. At the end of the day, everyone is amazed by the genuine altruism and generosity of our students and our community.