Rose Sunday Rose Sunday was first observed on September 19, 1915 and from then to the present it has been celebrated on the first Sunday of the fall semester. The entire student body lines up along the front walk and, with seniors leading the way, makes their way to Siloam Baptist Church to pay tribute to the founders of Judson and to emphasize the tie between Siloam Baptist Church and Judson College. Seniors are dressed in their academic regalia and wear Judson's signature flower, the rose.
President's Reception At the beginning of each year the College president and his wife hold a formal reception for the new students at the President's House. New students are introduced to student leaders, the President and his wife, members of the Cabinet and their spouses, and new faculty members in the receiving line.
Hockey Day This is the culmination of weeks of intramural field hockey where training and competition prepare each participant for this day. The top players are selected by their peers as All-Stars to compete against a team of Judson College Alumnae. The class competition is a rivalry between the senior class and the underclassmen. The captain of the winning team is crowned Hockey Queen at Wishing Well. A spirit award is given on Hockey Day to the top class based on activities throughout the weekend and on Hockey Day.
Christmas Tea Early in December, a formal tea is held in Jewett Parlors to begin Judson's official celebration of Christmas. The Social Committee decides on a theme and decorations, which are not disclosed to the student body until the afternoon of the tea. The evening of the Christmas Tea, the Music Department presents a program for Christmas Vespers.
Parents' Day After weeks of round-robin competition, Residence Hall intramural basketball teams compete in the playoff and championship games in front of invited guests, the parents of students. The "Dorm of the Day" is chosen based on a spirit contest. Other exciting activities are planned to thank parents and to make them feel welcome on campus.
Honors Convocation Held in April, the purpose of this convocation is to recognize those students who have excelled academically. Honor societies, organizations and clubs are also recognized for services rendered during the year.
"J" Day "Judson Day" is homecoming time for alumnae and friends of the College. Highlights of the day include the coronation of the "J" Day Queen and the induction of the senior class into the Alumnae Association.Senior Tea This tea, hosted by the wife of the College president, is held for the graduating seniors in the President's House. The Jewett Silver Service is displayed and the seniors are told of its history. A serenade is also part of the tea.
Pageant The junior-sophomore class presents a pageant signifying the unity of the senior and junior-sophomore classes in sisterly love. The representatives, participants, and theme of the Pageant are kept secret from the seniors, who enjoy trying to discover all about the event.Big-Little Sister Activities Members of the junior/sophomore class select little sisters from the freshman class. Big sisters help little sisters become familiar with events, privileges, and responsibilities as an upperclassman. Lasting friendships and many memories are a part of the Judson Big-Little sister tradition.
On various occasions, the student body gathers on the steps of Jewett foyer to sing college songs directed by the senior class song leader. These songs have been passed down for many years, and it is the responsibility of all students to preserve these songs.
Wishing Well Part of the Hockey Day Weekend, Wishing Well is a program presented by the senior class on Hockey Day. The queen of Hockey Day is crowned, and the seniors review their years at Judson, reflecting on the humorous as well as the serious side of college life.
Junior-Sophomore Weekend The senior class gives senior privileges to the junior-sophomores for one weekend. The junior-sophomores enjoy sitting in the Alcove, singing in the dining room, and serenading in the residence halls on Sunday night. On this weekend, the SGA sponsors a semi-formal dance in honor of the junior-sophomores. A formal lead out is held when the junior-sophomores and their dates are presented to the student body and guests.