Winthrop University: Alumni Association - Students - Events
Contact Information
Alumni Association
304 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-1452 (Fax)
800/578-6545 (Toll-Free)

Student Events


Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle

At Winthrop, we cherish our rich history. Our treasures and traditions are part of what makes Winthrop such a unique university. Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle is hosted by the Student Alumni Council on the first day of fall semester classes. This interactive event introduces all incoming students to the treasures and traditions of Winthrop. Each student receives The Garnet and Gold book, which outlines the university's history and traditions. Help us carry on Winthrop's history by sharing The Garnet and Gold book.


Ring Ceremony

With the adoption of a new Winthrop ring design in 2003, the university began honoring our ring recipients with a ceremony and reception. The Alumni Association president and Student Alumni Council Traditions Chair presents rings to recipients who are encouraged to invite friends and family to help celebrate this milestone. Purchase your official Winthrop ring as a lifelong reminder of your Winthrop experience by shopping the website for our exclusive partner, Jostens, or call 800/854-7464. For more information, please email Shayna Foxworth, student and young alumni program coordinator, or call 803/323-2145.

The official Winthrop Ring can only be worn by eligible students. Undergraduate students who have completed 54 credit hours and graduate students who have completed 18 hours may purchase their ring and participate in the ceremony. Students who have earned the required credit hours on their official transcript and purchased the official Winthrop Ring are invited to attend the Ring Ceremony.


Garnet and Gold Fridays

Garnet and Gold Fridays began in the fall of 2007 as a spirit initiative of the Student Alumni Council. The group encourages the entire campus community to promote Winthrop by dressing in garnet and gold clothing every Friday. Members also award prizes for wearing school colors and issue "citations" for those wearing a rival school's gear. Show others your Winthrop pride and join in the fun of Garnet and Gold Fridays by snapping some selfies and sharing with SAC on social media @winthropsac.

Ghost Tours

Oral traditions also play an important role in the rich history and culture of Winthrop. In the fall of 2005, the Student Alumni Council began hosting Ghost Tours, an event that explores the campus legends and historical figures that have shaped Winthrop. All proceeds from this special event support Go Gold for Life, the student-giving program associated with the Winthrop Fund. Experience Winthrop as never before and help support your fellow students at the same time!

Grad Finale

Grad Finale is held twice each year for graduating students — February for May graduates and October for December graduates. This event is a partnership between the Student Alumni Council and the Alumni Association. Students are invited to the Winthrop Bookstore where they receive information about alumni benefits and purchase class rings, graduation announcements and regalia. Many campus departments and vendors make this event a success each semester by reviewing student degree progress and sharing what Winthrop can do for you after graduation and much more.

Please join us on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. OR Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 3-6 p.m. in the Winthrop Bookstore Commons in the DiGiorgio Campus Center. Registration for the Fall 2022 Grad Finale will open on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Last Updated: 7/13/22