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GMC Traditions

Green Mountain College celebrates several unique traditions that deepen the College's mission and showcase the heritage of the community. These traditions highlight school pride, honor social and academic achievements, foster a common identity for students and provide for a lot of fun. Listed below are just some of the traditional events that unite, students, staff, and faculty:

Convocation/President's Dinner
At the end of Orientation in the fall, the community celebrates the beginning of the academic year with Academic Convocation. New students are officially welcomed into the Green Mountain College community and seniors are recognized as they begin their final year at the College. This event is followed by the President's Dinner, a special meal hosted by the President.

Spring Concert
Each Spring semester, the College Programming Board organizes a large-scale on campus concert. The performer for this concert is voted upon by student ballot.

Midnight Breakfast
At the end of each semester, the Division of Student Life hosts a Midnight Breakfast & Karaoke night. Students take a break from studying for their finals and come to the dining hall to enjoy breakfast served to them by faculty and staff. Students can also enjoy the karaoke singing talents of their peers!

Honors Tea
Honors Tea is an annual awards ceremony that celebrates students' academic, social, and community service achievements. It is a great occasion for students and student clubs to be recognized for their distinguished work in and out of the classroom.

Trick-or-Treating for Canned Goods
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, or SAAC, has lead a campus-wide effort in trick-or-treating around the campus and local community to collect cans for the local food-shelter, called the Poultney Food Cupboard.

College Anthem: "This Green Place"
"This Green Place" is based on the Welsh hymn, Calon Lân. At official College functions, the choir traditionally performs the piece, first in Welsh, then in English. The English words were written by poet and writer, Ed Moran, in 1996. Mr. Moran is the editor of Rhythm Magazine and a member of the Green Mountain College Board of Visitors.

Holiday Dinner
This cheerful annual event held before finals in December is a wonderful opportunity for the campus community to come together and celebrate the end of the semester. Faculty and staff members join students in a variety of activities designed to celebrate the holiday traditions of our diverse and unique student body.

Campus Caroling
Organized by SAAC, a large group of students, faculty, and staff will participate in walking around campus and sing carols and holiday songs to campus offices and classes alike.

Senior Brunch
Graduating seniors, along with staff, faculty and trustees, gather together the day before Commencement to celebrate the end of the seniors' college career. During this event, seniors receive academic honors, reflect on their Green Mountain College experiences, officially join the ranks of alumni, and prepare for their big day!

Faculty-Staff Competitions
Each year, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) sponsors friendly competitions among two teams of staff and faculty. In the fall a faculty-staff volleyball game takes place and in the spring it is basketball. Both games are open to all staff and faculty for competing and are open to the public as well as the campus community for fan enjoyment. Interactive activities and prizes at halftime are part of the fun for the fans as well.

Welsh Harvest Festival
Green Mountain College annually pays tribute to the distinctive Welsh culture of Poultney and its surrounding communities. The campus community and general public are invited to this free event which features Welsh music, Welsh food tastings, harvest games for kids, wagon rides, scarecrow making, and more.

Earth Week
Green Mountain College sponsors a week-long celebration of Earth Day. This celebration provides the campus community with a fun and informative array of events and highlights the College's commitment to its environmental mission. Some typical Earth Day events are service learning projects, keynote speakers, classroom poster sessions, farm forums, and environmental recruiters.

Alumni & Friends Weekend
Typically held during the last weekend in September, Alumni & Family Weekend is a three-day event that provides information and entertainment to the parents, family, and friends of Green Mountain College. This weekend includes a choir performance, musical concert, vendors, art exhibitions, town-wide events, Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and more!

Poultney Rotary Club's Annual Chili Cook-Off
This event is scheduled in conjunction with the Alumni & Family Weekend, and has been going on for over 25 years! Participants enter and compete in a judged competition for best Chili, and all of the entries are set-up and cooked right on Main Street. Judges and non-chili-cookers get to walk up and down the street tasting various chilis for a small fee.

Annual Choir & Cantorian Concerts
While the College Choir and Cantorian perform many times throughout the academic year, two concerts deserve special attention. Typically held in December, The Holiday Concert in a festive occasion that includes seasonal music. The Commencement concert, typically held in May, highlights music from the Choir's spring tour as well as pieces by graduating seniors.

Athletic Awards Ceremony
Green Mountain College has a proud tradition of competitive intercollegiate athletic programs and accomplished scholar athletes. At the end of each year, the Athletic Department honors all student-athletes, but particularly those who have made a substantial contribution to Green Mountain College athletics and the greater GMC community. Numerous department-wide awards are presented, as well as team-specific recognitions.

Wellness Fair
The annual Wellness Fair, sponsored by the Wellness Center, provides a forum to help people focus on physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. The fair features vendors, demonstrations, lectures, and activities by service providers from throughout the region. This fair is open to all College students, staff, and faculty as well as the local schools throughout the region.

Additional Traditions:
Alumni Ultimate Frisbee Tournament
Quality of life monthly socials for staff/faculty and families
Community Conversation each semester
Senior Career Night
Faculty Colloquium
Student Colloquium
Maple Fest
Halloween Party for Poultney Community
Killington Trick & Treats Winter Sports Competition
Wilderness Challenge

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