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Traditions

Tradition plays a significant role in the Richmond College experience. Some traditions, such as the Honor Code, have been around for a long time. Other traditions evolve or are replaced by new elements that reflect the current Richmond College culture.

Richmond College 1st Friday
On the Friday of the first week of classes in the fall, the dean and his staff host a social event for first year students to meet students, answer questions, and to introduce them to leaders of the Richmond College Student Government Association (RCSGA).

Investiture
This event marks the formal introduction of first-year students into the College. Students are introduced to the history of Richmond College, and hear reflections from upper class students. Students sign the Honor Pledge, officially becoming Richmond College students.

Class Flag
Each class is presented with a flag at Investiture, which is designed by the previous year’s class. The flags of the four current classes are displayed in the Whitehurst Living Room. The flag is displayed at the class’ Senior Send-Off, and remains in the Dean’s Office from that point forward. Previous class flags are used in the Investiture procession.

Class Coin
Starting with the class of 2015, each member of the entering first-year class is presented with a class coin at Investiture. The coin has the Richmond College logo on the front, and on the back is a unique design for the class.

Founder’s Day
A special celebration is held on the first Wednesday of March to celebrate the establishment of Richmond College on March 4th of 1840. This tradition, which was started by President Boatwright in 1940, was revitalized in 2014 and is co-sponsored by Richmond College and the University of Richmond Alumni Association.

Richmond College Senior Send-Off
Sponsored by Richmond College with the support of the University of Richmond Alumni Association, this annual event honors the graduating seniors and celebrates the end of their undergraduate journey.

The Richmond College Pin
A lapel pin with the Richmond College logo is given to graduating seniors by the dean at the Senior Send-Off as a symbol of their graduation and connection to the College.