Become a part of a Messiah College tradition
From your first day at Messiah until you cross the stage at Commencement, there are a variety of traditions and annual events that bring us together as a fun and supportive campus community.
Candlelight worship services
Messiah students and their families experience two meaningful candlelight worship services—one at the end of first-year Move-In Day and one at Baccalaureate the night before Commencement. These powerful ceremonies provide you with a meaningful way to first say goodbye to your family and then—at the end of your Messiah days—to reflect on all that God has done in your life.
Soccer is a really big tradition at Messiah and home games always attract a following of faithful Falcon fans. And it’s no wonder. Our men’s soccer team is 10-time NCAA Division III national champions—and our women’s soccer team has won the national championship five times. Go Falcons!
A full slate of Homecoming events bring students, alumni and families to campus for reunions, athletic and cultural events, alumni competitions and family activities like the Falcon Fun Run, powderpuff football, canoe trips and the most recent Messiah tradition―the student-led White-Out March before the men’s soccer game.
On Homecoming day students are invited to meet in in the center of campus where free T-shirts are given to the first several hundred to arrive. The spirited crowd—dressed in white and making noise for the Falcons along the way—marches across the campus’ covered bridge to the soccer stadium where they inspire Falcon fans to cheer on the big game!
The women gear up for a fun football game while the men take on the role as cheerleaders in this fun Homecoming tradition. The competition pits seniors against first-years and sophomores against juniors.
Into the Streets and Service Day
Within in your first few days on campus, you’ll head off campus to complete a service project with your peer group during a designated service day we call Into the Streets. This first brush with Messiah’s commitment to service will hopefully inspire you to give regularly of your time and talents to organizations in our area. Then, each spring on Service Day, students and employees have a day off from classes and work and serve together as a campus community—either as a volunteer for Special Olympics, held on our campus, or with any one of many outreach teams throughout the local area.
Music at Messiah
Messiah has a reputation in central Pennsylvania for bringing a variety of artists representing diverse genres to campus each semester. On Wednesday nights, students enjoy free B-Sides concerts featuring up-and-coming artists. Throughout the semester, the Student Activities Board (SAB) offers bigger name shows—most recently people like Mat Kearney, Twenty-One Pilots, August Burns Red and Needtobreathe. Of course, students can also show off their musical talents at our widely popular Coffeehouse events or as part of the Powerhouse worship team.
Meeting the president
Our president, Kim Phipps, loves Messiah students … and our students love her back! She is friendly, fun, often at student events and an avid Facebook user (3,500 friends and counting!). During your time as a Messiah student you will likely have several opportunities to meet and hang out with her—whether at your residence’s annual Pizza with the Prez, by invitation to Orchard Hill (the president’s residence) with your athletic team or student leadership group or when she hosts “sophomore mugging” at her home. She also regularly holds Open Door Days in her office which allows students and employees the opportunity to meet with her one-on-one.
Finals week fun
Studying for finals likely doesn’t seem like fun, but Messiah works hard to make that busy week more bearable for students. During Finals Week our dining hall opens one night between 10 p.m. and midnight and employee volunteers serve students a free pancake dinner. Then, at midnight every night during finals week, students let off a little steam with a collective scream out their windows!