Traditions at Hood College

May 2, 2016  |  Local  |  No Comments

A huge part of what makes Hood “home” for our hundreds of students are the numerous traditions valued by the Hood community. From the moment that students first step on campus, they are surrounded by traditions that  honor the storied history of Hood College, within the excitement of the present, toward a great future.

2a68780965bc96b7beea69a35f184e39This time of year is especially steeped in tradition. Earlier this month, the junior class participated in the annual Ring Ceremony, where they first don their Hood Rings. Traditionally worn on the pinky, each ring has the letter “H” placed on a dark blue setting to celebrate each student’s time at Hood College. During the ceremony, the rings are placed on each student’s finger by someone special to them – often a family member, special classmate, or significant other. Some students receive legacy rings, which are handed down to them from an alumni of the college, and there is a wine and cheese reception before the ceremony to allow the students to meet and celebrate with the ring donors.

Hood College also held its annual “May Madness” celebration during the last week of April this year. During May Madness, Hood students are able to attend a wide variety of fun events to celebrate the end of the year (and for seniors, their upcoming graduation!). This year, students enjoyed the annual crab feast, a Frederick Keys (minor league baseball) game, a performance by a hypnotist, an open mic night, an outdoor festival with a slip-and-slide, and more!

Living and Learning in Frederick, MD

April 1, 2016  |  Local  |  No Comments

One of our students’ favorite things about Hood College is our proximity to Downtown Frederick. With dozens of great restaurants, a 44-acre park, and more than 30 local businesses within walking distance, Hood’s location is undoubtedly one of its best features.

During the warmer months, students can venture just a few blocks to Baker Park for free concerts, impromptu frisbee games, or a swim in the community pool. When it gets cold outside, The Weinberg Center hosts speakers, concerts, and plays that provide great opportunities for field trips or just a night on the town.

Frederick’s “First Saturday” celebrations are also a great opportunity for Hood students to explore their new home. On the first Saturday of each month, Frederick’s locally-owned shops, restaurants, and galleries stay open late, and each month has a special theme – from September’s “Dog Days of Summer” (where Frederick residents bring their canine friends for dog-friendly costume contests, free treats, and more) to chilly February’s “Fire and Ice” event (complete with dozens of ice sculptures displayed throughout the streets of Frederick). In recent months, Hood’s Campus Activities Board has orchestrated group outings to the First Saturday events, allowing new and returning students alike to make some new friends on their walk downtown.

Downtown Frederick also provides a plethora of volunteer, job and internship opportunities for our students, as well as great destinations for class trips. Over the past few years, Hood students have secured employment at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, The National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Love and Company (a local marketing agency), among many others.

For more information about the City of Frederick and local events, please visit the Downtown Frederick Partnership website.