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Annual Events

Annual Events

Student organizations advised by Campus Activities bring an array of amazing annual events to the Cornell community.

Fall semester

  • TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Friday)
  • First-Years on the Field — Class Council sponsors the annual First-Years on the field at the Homecoming game in the fall. This event involves getting students to welcome the players to the field by forming a tunnel for them to run through!
  • Welcome Weekend — A Cornell tradition to showcase the WSH Student Union to all students and provide opportunities for connection and engaging activities. Many of these activities have been going on for years such as, Midnight Breakfast, Cornell Cinema viewing, Cornell Birds, Cornell Reptiles, Touchdown and much more!
  • Fall ClubFest — A celebration of Cornell's amazing student groups! ClubFest showcases over 300 registered student organizations on campus. Each year, approximately 3,000 students make their way to Barton to experience the incredible variety of interests and opportunities available through the organizations represented. ClubFest continues to serve as an excellent occasion for registered student organizations to recruit new members and for interested students to discover clubs that peak their interests. It has become so popular that Welcome Weekend now offers ClubFest twice a year (beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters). The event includes performances by several student groups.
  • Fall Fest (Family Weekend) — Celebrate fall with free food, games, and crafts for all! Join your Class Councils for their annual Fall Fest event over First Year Family Weekend, where over 50+ clubs are coming together to celebrate fall with free activities in the Arts Quad. We gather over 2,500 families, friends, and students.
  • Winter Fest — Come for an evening of winter snacks, crafts, activities, and performances! Class Councils coordinates this event and brings organizations across campus to showcase their favorite traditions.

Spring semester

  • Spring ClubFest — ClubFest continues to serve as an excellent occasion for registered student organizations to recruit new members and for interested students to discover clubs that peak their interests. It has become so popular that we now offer ClubFest twice a year (beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters). The event includes performances by several student groups.

  • Virtual Cornell Music Festival (Slope Day/Slope Fest)   There is a long history of a spring-time gathering here at Cornell University. While this event has taken many shapes over the past century, one common thread persists: celebration. Today, the event we affectionately call “Slope Day,” inherits a proud century-long tradition as a year-end gathering and celebration of the Cornell community. Slopefest is a carnival held during Slope Day on Ho Plaza. Slopefest is an event for all Cornellians to enjoy. There’s food, games, and novelty items. Best of all, everything is free!
  • CANCELED Alternative to Slope Day Ropes Course — Since 1998, students have had the chance to get off campus and enjoy a different kind of Slope Day, at no charge, at one of Cornell’s extraordinary resources – the high ropes elements at the Hoffman Challenge Course. Not only will you make new friends, you can ride the zip-line from the 60’ replica of McGraw Tower, jump off a pole blind-folded or “simply” walk across a beam high in the air, all while being supported by trained belayers.
  • TBD Leadership Awards — During the Spring semester, Campus Activities will work with other departments on campus to collect nominations for student organizations and leaders on campus who have gone above and beyond in their work. We will celebrate with the Leadership Awards ceremony in April!
  • Virtual Senior Spirit Days — Join us for the week of May 26th-29th for enjoyable, engaging opportunities as we virtually celebrate the Class of 2020's achievements. Connect and make some fun memories with friends while staying safe by physical distancing! This short video will bring back the Cornellian spirit we all have while appreciating the beauty of an Ithacan sunset!
  • 2020 TBD Senior Convocation — Each graduating class is responsible for bringing in their own speaker for the Convocation ceremony.

 

Ongoing events

  • Procrastinate @ the Straight — Sponsored by the WSH Resource Center and the WSH Student Union Board. This recurring event providing students with an opportunity to relax, have fun, and learn something about themselves and others. Examples of activities include the Cornell Canine Companions, massages, crafts, physical activities, games.