Campus Traditions

Annual Snowball Fight

Snowball Fight

On the night of the first significant snowfall students head to The Quad for the Annual Snowball Fight.

August Experience

The week before classes begin is dedicated to the orientation of the incoming first-year class. Students move into the residence halls, participate in numerous activities to acclimate them to their new home, and even begin taking their first class.

Candle Lights

When a sorority member is lavaliered, pinned, or engaged a ceremony is held. A lighted candle is passed around the circle of house residents while the "Alma Mater" or Greek song is sung, until the candle reaches the one with the exciting news.

Casino Night

A night of fun games and prizes donated by local businesses to assist first year students in learning about the community just outside Hanover's campus is held every fall in the Donner Lecture Hall.

Christmas Concert & Dinner

A special time of year at Hanover is when Christmas is near. Students look forward to the special dinner hosted in the Campus Center and the beautiful musical concert performed by the Hanover College Choir.

Christmas with Hanover... An Instrumental Musical Celebration of the Season

Each year near the end of Fall Semester the Hanover College instrumental music program presents a special "Christmas with Hanover" concert in the Brown Campus Center. Featured on the program are the Hanover College Concert Band and small instrumental ensembles. The program always closes with a delightful Christmas sing-a-long medley. This program has become a popular way for students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the holiday season.

Coed "Kissing" Rock

A large rock at The Point overlooking the Ohio River. It is tradition for a couple who kisses at the rock to be married.

Faculty Commencement Line

Faculty Commencement Line

At the end of the commencement ceremony each year, faculty members form a two-sided receiving line through which the graduates pass. The faculty as a whole offers its congratulations and best wishes to the newest Hanover alumni.

Fall Convocation

An all-campus convocation held during the first week of classes in the fall. The senior class members, in their caps and gowns for the first time, and the incoming first year class march into the ceremony through a two sided line of faculty. The seniors and first year students are charged with their mission for the year.

Frisbee Golf

Frisbee Golf

An activity enjoyed by students as well as the faculty and staff on beautiful days around Hanover's campus. There are a few eighteen "hole" courses around campus. One must ask an upperclassmen to share the courses in order to play correctly.

Greek Week

Greek Week

A week of activities and competitions between fraternities and sororities.

The Hanover College Concert Band and the Big Bass Drum

Big Bass Drum of the Hanover College Concert Band

The Hanover College Concert Band closes each of its concerts with a rousing performance of the Hanover College Fight Song, "Hanover-We're for You." In 2018, students in the Concert Band completely restored a large bass drum that was used in the band in the 1940's. The "Big Bass Drum," as it is popularly known, is rolled out near the close of each concert for the performance of the Fight Song, paying tribute to all band members, past and present. Join in on the clapping during the Fight Song, and show your Panther pride!

Hike to the Point

Hike to the Point

During the August Experience, all first year students, faculty, and staff are invited to hike the biology trail and enter Hanover College in the same fashion as the first students of the College did in the 1800s. A trolley ride is provided for students to the base of the hill and a celebration is held once all have reached the top.



A week-long series of activities in the fall leading up to Homecoming Day for alumni to return to campus to reunite with old classmates. Activities usually include class reunions, competitions sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen, and the annual Homecoming Day Football Game.

Honors Convocation

An all-campus convocation held during Winter Term designated to recognized senior students who have received academic and leadership honors and awards. In addition, other outstanding students are also recognized. The Baynham Award for Outstanding Teaching is presented to one faculty member.

International Club Banquet

The international Banquet that occurs every spring offers guests a full course dinner of international food cooked by the international club members, who also color the night with entertainment from around the world.

Last Lecture Series

Mortar Board, Hanover's National Senior Honor Society, presents an invitational lecture series in which a member of the faculty gives a talk that represents what they would say if this were to be their last opportunity to address the College community. Topics offer a unique opportunity to enrich the College experience.

Late Night Breakfast

On the Sunday Night before finals week, students from across campus come together in Campus Center Dining Room for a special breakfast served by their faculty, staff, and administrators. Students enjoy this well-deserved break to hang out with friends and enjoy entertainment provided by the Campus Activities Board.

Late Night Runs

As students stay up well into the night for studying and hanging out, local establishments are open to meet the students' needs. Numerous trips are taken yearly to Hinkle's, a local restaurant well known for their burgers, cheesy fries, and milk shakes. Students also make the trek to Taco Bell and Wal-Mart to fill their needs in the late night hours.

Relay for Life

The nationally know philanthropic event to sponsored to raise funding for the American Cancer Society is hosted by the College's Against Cancer student organization. The twelve hour fundraiser consists of students walking laps for donations, activities and games, a survivor ceremony, and luminary ceremony for survivors and those who have unfortunately lost the battle with cancer.

The Run

The end of recruitment for Greek houses is marked by The Run. New affiliates run to their respective new houses to accept their recently awarded invitation called "bids."

Senior Banquet

A formal dinner is held in the spring where classmates, faculty, and distinguished guests gather to celebrate their accomplishments and reminisce about their years at Hanover College. Seniors will receive their their Alumni ID Card and learn more about the benefits of becoming an alumni. This event is hosted by the Alumni Association.


Singing sessions where Greek House & Residence Hall members travel as groups to other houses to celebrate the acceptance of new pledges, engagements, or other special activities. During Homecoming Week, groups perform serenades as a part of the week-long competitive events.

Spirit Rock

Spirit Rock

Campus organizations take turns painting the spirit rock in front of the Horner Center with positive artwork or messages that can promote an event or simply show pride in their alma mater. The spirit rock was the 2014 senior class gift. See more photos of the spirit rock.



Students claim that Spring Term is the best time on campus because of Wiffleball. The three week long tournament, sponsored by the fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha, is a time for students to have a blast on campus while raising money for charity. Students, faculty, and staff gather together teams to compete.

Alma Mater

In 1956, Meredith Willson (writer of award-winning musicals "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" and "The Music Man") visited Hanover and, inspired by the "jewel-box" campus, wrote a melody for a new alma mater. Mrs. Katharine Parker, wife of then-president Albert G. Parker, slightly modified the poem she had written for the verse to better fit them to Wilson's tune.

Below you'll see the words to all three versions of our alma mater, as well as to those of Hanover's "Fight Song."

Hanover College Alma Maters (PDF)