Held each year in front of Schaffer Library, Commencement ceremonies include a celebratory walk through the western door of the Nott Memorial.
The official start of the academic year is an opportunity for the entire Union community—students, faculty and staff—to welcome the incoming class.
Each winter, students plunge into icy water to raise money for Union community members fighting cancer. The event generates thousands of dollars.
Commemorating the anniversary of the granting of the College's charter, Founders Day features a distinguished keynote speaker, student musical performances and recognition of outstanding accomplishments in education.
Homecoming and Family Weekend
Each fall, the Union community comes together to celebrate creativity, tradition and to make new memories.
One of the most anticipated events of the year, the student-run Springfest features an array of music from contemporary performers and bands. Past festivals have included DNCE, Charlie XCX, Anne Marie, 24k goldn, Sage the Gemini and Hot Chelle Rae. The festival takes place on the expanse of lawn known as West Beach.
One Friday each May, classes are suspended to allow hundreds of students to present their research projects to faculty, peers and visiting parents. Topics are fascinating and varied—everything from women's freedom in ancient Athens to anti-nuclear activism.