Bulldog Traditions and Legacies
Opening of School
The first official program that opens the school year for freshman and transfer students.
It focuses on motivating and challenging the students as they begin a new dimension in
their lives. The freshman class is part of the academic processional.
A ceremony in which the SCSU queen is publicly introduced to the campus and community and
receives her crown as a symbol of rule. The queen accepts this power and makes a pledge to
rule wisely. Miss SCSU is one of the highest honors a student can receive. She represents
the University at a variety of on campus, off-campus, and community events.
A week of campus activities and a downtown parade that culminates with a football game in
celebration of the return "home" for alumni and friends of the University.
Christmas Tree Lighting
The official of lighting of the campus Christmas tree that signifies the beginning of the
Christmas holidays and the birth of Christ. Student organizations sponsor children recommended
from local Human Services agencies. They attend a ceremony held on the front of the campus in
the courtyard opposite Nance Hall, and receive gifts.
A ceremony that recognizes students in ROTC who have completed prerequisites for Commissioning as
a Second Lieutenant. The Commissioning is held the day before Commencement. It is attended by
family, friends, and the University community.
The second official program. It is a culminating ceremony that recognizes students for completing
the academic requirements to receive the bachelors, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees
from the University. The graduates are also inducted into the National Alumni Association.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
A program that celebrates the birthday and accomplishments of the most influential Civil Rights
leader of the 1950s and 1960s. As a national holiday, it is observed at the University. Our
MLK auditorium is named in his honor.
The Orangeburg Massacre Service of Rededication
A program that rededicates our thoughts in memory of the three young men who were fatally shot on
February 8, 1968. We honor the sacrifices they made in our behalf, we consecrate as hallowed
ground the land on which they fell, and we continue our beliefs in the causes they espoused. The
families and friends of Smith, Hammond, and Middleton return to the University in remembrance
with the campus community and in observance of Black History Month.
The third official program at the University that includes a weekend of activities and a program
that recognizes and honors the founders of the University. Faculty, staff, and alumni are
recognized for their years of service at the University, and distinguished service to the nation.
Alumni classes also unite during the weekend of programming.
Honors and Awards Convocation
A time to honor students who have distinguished themselves in academic scholarship and
University and community service. Recognition is given with medals, scholarships, and other
forms of recognition.
ROTC Commissioning and Commencement