Annual Events & Traditions
Homecoming and Family Day
Each October, the Campus holds Homecoming and Family Day, a two-day event that attracts thousands of alumni, students, faculty and staff. A pep rally is held Friday night featuring live music, cheerleaders, the dance team, and all of the fall LIU Post sports teams. It also includes spirited speeches by student leaders, the University president, Campus provost, and the associate provost for student affairs. The event includes a skit competition among the residence halls students and a banner competition for all clubs and organizations. The entire campus community comes together to celebrate Post Pride and wish our football team good luck for the game the next day. Saturday afternoon’s festivities include carnival rides, a barbecue, pumpkin painting, student-sponsored games, clubs and organization booths, and, of course, the football game held at 12 noon. At half-time, Post Pride awards are presented to a male and a female undergraduate senior who have displayed outstanding leadership, service, and commitment to the LIU Post community.
Pratt After Dark
Each February, the student body comes together for grand campus party that runs into the wee hours of the morning. The event is held in the gymnasium of the Pratt Recreation Center and features games, food and entertainment such as eating contests, movie videos and obstacle courses. Festivities run from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Throughout the school year, students in LIU Post's 10 residence halls compete for prizes in the Cereal Bowl. The competition takes place several times a year and features different themes and activities as students participate in a variety of contests. Events include: Homecoming Banner Contest; Gingerbread House-Making; The Price is Right; Music Trivia; Movie Trivia, and Build your Own Beach House.
Every April, faculty and staff serve breakfast to students in the Winnick Student Center, beginning at 10 p.m.
In late April, Riggs Park is transformed into a mini carnival with rides, novelty items, barbecue, food, music, fun and friends. Spring Fling is the last event of a week-long series of programs sponsored by the Association for Campus Programming to celebrate Spring and relax before finals begin.
Graduation is held in early May and is the grandest event of the school year. LIU Post graduates approximately 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Approximately 10,000 students, faculty, staff, parents and guests attend the graduation ceremony, held under a magnificent white tent at the foot of the Great Lawn. The tent runs the entire length of Humanities Hall -- equivalent to the size of a football field.
Green and Gold Pledge
Graduating seniors are invited to take the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility. If they choose to do so, they are making a promise to evaluate the broader consequences of any job they take. On graduation day, students can volunteer to take the Green and Gold Pledge, which states: “As a graduate of LIU Post, I pledge to be attentive to the social and environmental consequences of my actions and to improve these aspects in my home, work and community.” Green Pledge ribbons are worn by students at the commencement ceremony to recognize their commitment.
Academic Excellence Wall of Fame
The highest undergraduate academic achievers at LIU Post, including the valedictorian and salutatorian, are honored at the Academic Excellence Awards ceremony held in the Great Hall the day before commencement. Only 10 to 12 students receive this top recognition from the University; their names are engraved on a plaque that is displayed on the balcony of the Great Hall.
Athletic Hall of Fame
Each year, the brightest stars in LIU Post sports history are inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The wall of winners is located in the Pratt Recreation Center.
Holidays at Hillwood
In December, all campus departments and students are invited to decorate Hillwood Commons for the winter season. Clubs and organizations staff information tables about a particular holiday. The day features giveaways and a free dinner.
For more campus traditions, visit the Traditions section of the Web site.