One of the best aspects of a great college experience is a strong sense of community, school spirit and tradition. Over the years, the University has passed down many traditions that have built the sense of Creighton community that carries on for a lifetime.
Do you remember … ?
For over 40 years, Richard Hauser, S.J., professor of theology, has celebrated the popular Sunday-night Candlelight Mass at St. John’s Church. Dimly lit with candlelight, the Mass offers students a quiet hour of reflection and community.
Christmas at Creighton
The holiday season at Creighton kicks off with the much-anticipated annual celebration of “the flipping of the switch” at St. John’s Church. The campus is lit with thousands of little bulbs, a Nativity scene and blue glow illuminating the façade of the church.
The “F” door at the Reinert Library
Many students avoid the outer door to the library labeled with an “F” sign, especially during finals weeks, in superstitious worry that a walk through the door leads to failing an exam.
Golden Elevator in Creighton Hall
Reportedly the oldest working elevator west of the Missouri River, the Golden Elevator takes you to the top floor of Creighton Hall—but only by invitation from one of the Jesuits, who are the key holders to the elevator.
The annual gathering of alumni and their families for a fun-filled weekend of reconnecting and reminiscing with fellow classmates, faculty, staff and students.
Each spring, a luau sponsored by Hui O Hawaii, the 130-member group of students from Hawaii, transforms the ballroom of the Skutt Student Center into a tropical garden. The event is one of the biggest event put on by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. On average between 800 and 1,000 attend each year.
Mass of the Holy Spirit
The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a tradition among Jesuit academic institutions dating to 1548 in which the community gathers to thank God for the gifts of creation and salvation and to seek the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit in the coming year. For Creighton, the Mass grew from a student initiative in the early 1880s. It quickly evolved into a mandatory all-University celebration, and an opportunity for freshmen to recite a loyalty oath to the University. While the students no longer recite an oath, the Mass continues to welcome and confirm freshmen as the newest members of Creighton.
Service and Justice Trips
Started in 1983 with a group of seven students, the Service & Justice Trips program at Creighton now sends over 350 participants each year on weeklong trips to serve and learn from community partners across the country.
Since 1947 at the very first “Week of Welcome for Freshmen,” Creighton has provided orientation and welcome sessions for its newest students. Today, that mission continues to help New Jays with their transition into the Creighton community through a week bursting with activities—from the President’s Welcome Picnic to the Skutt Shutdown.
What do you remember when you were a student? Did you and your friends and classmates participate in any traditions?
We invite you to share your story and tell us what made your Creighton experience so influential.
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