Winthrop Traditions

Traditions often take the form of rituals or events, but in their essence, traditions are stories and experiences that connect a large group of people across generations. We all become a part of a community through the stories and experiences that unite us, regardless of race, gender, or creed.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Lighting of the Christmas Tree

Members of the Student Alumni Council host the tree lighting and provide entertainment and refreshments for the campus community.




Convocation/Blue Line ProcessionBlue Line

Established in 1895 by President Johnson, the Blue Line is among Winthrop's most cherished traditions.






Alumni Reunion ClassHomecoming and Reunion Weekend

Homecoming includes a variety of activities: alumni events, athletic games, tailgating, float competitions, themed parties, student talent shows and special performances.



Family Day - Big StuffFamily Day

Family Day, a tradition begun by President Phelps in 1936, was renewed in 2007 to become a funfilled, engaging and educational time for students and their families.



2021 bookThe Garnet & Gold Book

Winthrop has a long history of traditions, and this book, The Garnet & Gold, presents you with the opportunity to learn about Winthrop's history and help shape its future. A student committee composed of members of the Student Alumni Council and Winthrop Ambassadors created The Garnet & Gold as a comprehensive guide to the history and traditions of Winthrop for the entering freshman class, the campus community, and alumni. View the 2023 Edition (pdf - 8.1 MB)