Traditions at Hood College

May 2, 2016  |  Local

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!