Traditions of the Women’s College
Ludy Bowl, a flag football game that sophomores and seniors play against the first-years and juniors, is the much-anticipated highlight of Family & Friends Weekend. Ludy Bowl was first held in 1955 to honor the beloved Miss Lucille Godbold, a 1922 Olympic gold medalist who taught in the Physical Education department at Columbia College.
A tradition since 1972, Mom’s Day is a special day for Columbia College women to honor their mothers or other special female guests with a day on campus just for them. Mom’s Day usually includes a guest speaker, lunch, fun games and activities.
Begun in 1968, Dad’s Night is a time for Columbia College women to honor their fathers or other special male guests each spring. This great night of fun and fellowship includes a dance and games.
Junior Ring Ceremony
During this traditional ceremony, the Columbia College ring is distributed to the Junior Class. The ring, which symbolizes the devoted years of mental, physical, and spiritual development, is presented to the student by parents or other special mentors during the fall semester ceremony. This tradition started in the late 1920s.
Christmas Tree Lighting
The Christmas Tree lighting officially begins the holiday season on campus. Students, faculty, staff and guests gather and enjoy Christmas carols, cookies and hot cocoa.
Begun in the early 1950s and sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa, Follies are original skits presented for the purposes of class unity, creativity and originality. The skits are judged by local community members and one lucky class takes home the coveted Follies trophy.
Chapel, led by the College Chaplin, is held each Wednesday at College Place United Methodist Church. Special chapel assemblies include Convocation, Honor Code Ceremony, Founder’s Day, Staley Lecture, and Senior Chapel.
Surcies are unexpected gifts and are a special way that Columbia College women show others they care. These small gifts can be purchased for special occasions or for no reason at all.
Alpha Service & First-Year Communion
This event is held during Fall Orientation and is an inspirational community service followed by communion so new students can reflect and worship together.
Omega Service & Graduation Communion
The Omega Service and Graduation Communion is a time for graduating seniors to celebrate and worship together the afternoon before graduation.
After the Omega Service and Graduation Communion, faculty and staff serve the Seniors dinner and also sing to them in the Dining Hall.
One of Columbia College’s oldest traditions is the presentation of a Bible to each graduating senior, personally signed by members of Columbia College’s faculty and staff.
This award, previously called the “Most Womanly” award, is given each fall in memory of Dr. Jerold “Jerry” Savory, a long-time faculty member and academic leader at the College, greatly admired by students, faculty, and staff. Nominated by the Junior and Senior Classes and elected by the Senior Class, this award honors the Columbia College Senior woman who most exemplifies the ideals that guided Dr. Savory’s life.
A traditional Columbia College Activities Board sponsored event held in the spring with music and dancing. Each year students vote on a theme and dress the part for a fun evening with friends or a date. This event is often off campus.
The R. Wright Spears Sophomore Experience & SpearsFest
Instituted in 2010, the C2it experience honors Dr. R. Wright Spears and his legacy of service and leadership. The R. Wright Spears Sophomore Experience (the C2it year) is a series of events during the second year focusing on living the mission of Columbia College. The year begins with the Sophomore Rally, which takes place the day before classes begin for the fall semester; LA 201, a required sophomore seminar entitled, Gender, Diversity and Social Justice taught with a service-learning requirement providing every student with an opportunity to work in the community; SpearsChats, which are a series of conversations with faculty about their life and professional choices open to all students but focusing on C2it students; and culminates in SpearsFest.
SpearsFest is an annual campus wide celebration of service and leadership. The Wednesday before the last week of classes, all students across majors and interests are invited to present or perform the experiences from the year that have impacted their sense of service and enhanced their leadership skills. The day opens with a speech from the College President and concludes with a featured community member who is an example of leadership that makes a difference. The Caroline Whitson Student and the Caroline Whitson Civic Award are announced and community partners are celebrated at a luncheon.
The Doll Collection
In 1954, the Alumnae Association celebrated Columbia College’s centennial by dressing a doll to represent each decade of the college’s existence. Following this, the Class of 1993 began the tradition of dressing each new doll as the yearly recipient of the Savory Award. In the years following, each class was challenged to dress a doll that represented the popular styles of dress or something special to the women of that year. The Columbia College Doll Collection is housed in the parlor of Janet Alexander Cotter Alumnae Hall.
The fountain in front of the Breed Leadership Center is well known by the Columbia College students for one of the most unique traditions. According to the custom, when a fellow Columbia College student gets engaged, it is her friends’ duty to lure her to the fountain and throw her in as a symbol of her new accomplishment.