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Spirit and Traditions


Alumni Plaza

Situated between Hawk Hall and the Commons, at the foot of the Hog River Bridge, Alumni Plaza has become a natural gathering place, a spot to play Frisbee or jump double dutch. 


Fall Weekend

Fall Weekend encompasses Homecoming and Parents Weekend. Usually held in October, the weekend offers something for everyone, and all members of the University community are invited to participate in the wide array of events.


Founders Day

Feb. 21 marks the anniversary of the founding of the University of Hartford. The University began celebrating Founders Day in 2007, in honor of its 50th birthday, and the tradition has continued every year since.  Read More


Hartt Patio

Hartt Patio, located near the Millard Auditorium entrance to The Hartt School, typically hosts music and drama students passing time in between classes. In the warmer months, one can often hear a steel drummer, or jazz band practicing its latest hits in the patio area.


Hawk's Nest

The Hawk's Nest, located on the lower level of the University Commons, is open seven days a week from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. and provides late night food and entertainment. 


Hog River Bridge

Hog River Bridge, known as “The Bridge” to students, is what connects the residential side of campus to the academic side. When ‘crossing over,’ students are sure to run into someone they know.


Howie the Hawk

The University’s official spirit leader originated when the school competed as Hillyer College and spectators had to climb four flights of stairs in the old Chauncey Harris School on Hudson Street in Hartford to the "Hawk's Nest" to watch sporting events. 


Midnight Breakfast

Midnight Breakfast is traditionally held as a study break for students nearing finals. Students are served breakfast by the Student Government president and other members of the executive board. It’s a great time to mingle with others experiencing pre-final anxieties.


Midnight Mania

Midnight Mania is the kickoff to the men’s and women’s basketball season each October. Filled with rowdy fans, a ton of door prizes, and an exhilarating display of the athletes’ talents, a good time is guaranteed for all. 


Martin Luther King Celebration

The University observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day with inspirational programs of music and reflections commemorating the life and legacy of the civil rights leader.  Read More


Painting the Anchor

The Anchor, located near Bates House, has become a traditional spot for rival Sororities and fraternities to display their colors. Any club or organization on campus may sign up to “paint the anchor” through the Dean of Students office. 


Red Caps

Red Caps are orientation student leaders who help new students adjust to life at the University of Hartford. A Red Cap is friendly, helpful, outgoing, enthusiastic, and wants to promote the University and the opportunities it has to offer.  Read More


Spring Fling

Spring Fling is perhaps the most anticipated event on campus each year. In addition to bands and other performers, there are free food, games, amusement rides, and many other activities. 


Signing in at Convocation

At Convocation, freshmen sign their class banner. The banner then hangs in the foyer of Library for four years, until Commencement, when the banner adorns the graduation ceremony.


Village Lawn

Village Lawn is a favorite spot, particularly in warm weather, to toss around a baseball, watch a flag football game, or just to relax on a picnic bench before class. The lawn, located between the residential apartments, is also where the annual Spring Fling is held.