College Traditions

  • Over 150 Years of College Traditions

    For the past century and a half, Dean College has energized campus life through traditions, ranging from Thanksgiving Dinner to Commencement, that connect current students with the College’s rich history. We pride ourselves on these traditions, listed below in chronological order.

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      Taste of Franklin

      We cannot think of a better way to introduce the students of Dean College to the local community establishments of Franklin than with the Tasteof Franklin! This program is in September and local restaurants are invited to provide samples of the best each has to offer for students to sample. Menus and Dean College specials are given out by the businesses. It’s a great way for students to connect to the local community.

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      Dean College President’s Cup Golf Tournament

      For the past 17 years, alumni, parents, vendors and friends of Dean College have come together to raise money to benefit the Dean Scholarship Fund.  

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      Family & Alumni Day

      Each fall Dean College welcomes to campus the family and friends of our current students along with all of our alumni. Family & Alumni Day features athletic games, a cookout, class reunions and entertainment for all ages!

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      Leadership Conference

      Held each fall semester, this annual conference is the beginning of students' leadership journey at Dean. Presentation topics vary per year, but the idea of building a strong leadership foundation for students is the same. This also provides students with the ability to network with staff members from colleges around New England. 

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      Veterans Day Ceremony

      Members of the Dean College Community — alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members — join together each year at the Veterans Memorial Wall along Awpie Way to honor those who have and are currently serving our country.

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      Thanksgiving Dinner

      A week prior to students leaving for Thanksgiving Break, Sodexo makes a wonderful spread featuring everyone’s Thanksgiving favorites. The meal is served to students by the faculty and staff. This dinner is always a crowd pleaser as students wait in line to be served and always come up for seconds.

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      Winter Days

      It’s a little fun before the semester is done! During the last days of the fall semester, the Student Activities Committee (SAC) sponsors Winter Days, which is two days and two nights filled with fun activities ranging from a cappuccino bar to indoor roller skating to the annual tree lighting. Winter Days serves as a way to celebrate the end of the semester and to get ready for finals week.

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      Annual Tree Lighting

      The annual Tree Lighting is the kick-off to the town of Franklin’s Holiday Stroll. The Dean College community and residents from the town of Franklin all gather on Awpie Way to listen to music and enjoy each other’s company. The lighting of the tree not only welcomes the season, but brings everyone together to share in good cheer.

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      Late Night Breakfast

      During each week of finals the faculty and staff, along with the assistance from Sodexo, serve up pancakes, tater tots, eggs and more at the Late Night Breakfast. This event is one of the most anticipated activities each semester and it allows the students to see the faculty and staff outside of their normal roles and connect on a different level.

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      50 Days until Commencement

      The countdown to Commencement is on! Offices from across campus come together for a celebration where the graduating class receives information about career planning, Staying a Bulldog, being active alums, free gifts and more!

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