Traditions

Traditions represent a distinguishing mark of life at Seton Hill. Traditional events are held throughout the year and represent the four guiding principles of the University.

Opening Liturgy

At the beginning of each academic year, we gather as a faith community to ask for God's blessings for everyone on "the Hill."

Labor of Love & Take the Day On

At the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, the Seton Hill community as a whole gets together for a day of volunteer service at a variety of sites in the local and regional community.  Take the Day On commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and commitment to service, and includes an educational program.  

Homecoming & Family Weekend

Homecoming and Family Weekend, held each fall, is packed with fun-filled events for everyone, from current students and their families to alumni.

Thanksgiving

Before heading home for the Thanksgiving holiday, we host a family-style turkey dinner with all the trimmings and grace is offered to different faith groups.

Christmas on the Hill

As Christmas nears, campus is especially alive with activity. The celebration officially begins right after Thanksgiving break with the annual crib ceremony, where members of the freshman class participate in a special service during which the school's traditional nativity scene is set up. Soon after, Seton Hill's Music Program holds its annual Christmas Concert, and Campus Ministry holds its Operation Christmas Basket market and gift sale to raise funds for needy families in the area. A formal celebration that includes a candlelight dinner for students, followed by Christmas liturgy and the Christmas dance, is held just prior to Christmas break.

Tree Planting

Every spring, the junior class plants a tree on Seton Hill's campus. It not only serves as an enduring memory of their class, it also helps beautify the campus for the generations that follow.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Celebrations

During the annual "Lunch With Liz" event, members of the Seton Hill community learn about Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the founder of the Sisters of Charity, who in turn founded Seton Hill. Seton Hill also hosts annual events to celebrate Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton's birthday and feast day.

Fall and Spring Convocation

Each fall and spring we host a special ceremony to recognize those students who have received academic and service honors during the previous year. A special guest speaker gives a keynote address at the event.

Baccalaureate and Commencement

A December commencement is held for those students completing their degree studies by August or December. This ceremony incorporates a vesper service with the academic events. May commencement ceremonies are held on a Saturday early in the month, with a baccalaureate Mass held on the Friday evening preceding Commencement. 

Class Banners

Each class at Seton Hill designs and creates a banner representing its class colors and motto. Seton Hill displays the class banners during May commencement ceremonies and at various Homecoming and alumni events and celebrations.

Alumni Weekend

Every June, Seton Hill alumni gather for an annual reunion on campus, with special celebrations planned for five-year anniversary classes.

Summer Reading Program

Every summer, incoming Seton Hill first year and transfer students receive a complimentary copy of a novel or nonfiction work, chosen by Seton Hill's Summer Reading Committee on the caliber of its writing, relevance to contemporary issues and the interest of the community in its topic. The book is also provided to Seton Hill faculty, staff and upperclassmen. Each fall, immediately following Opening Liturgy, hundreds of participants meet in small groups all over campus to discuss the book, then join together again for one large discussion that includes presentations on the book's main topics.

The Seton Hill Lecture Series

Seton Hill hosts a series of lectures, workshops and events that brings well-known speakers and performers to campus. Events are open to the public, and many of them are free.