Student Life

Traditions and Annual Events

Become a Part of Messiah College

Family Weekend
This is a weekend set aside at the end of September for your family to visit you on campus after you’ve had some time to adjust to college life. Weekend activities include movies, midnight roller-skating, a family prayer breakfast, canoeing on the Yellow Breeches, a Family Fun Fair, lectures, swimming, a men’s soccer game, and more!

Soccer season
Soccer is a really big tradition at Messiah and home games always attract a following of faithful Falcon fans. Find out why U.S. News & World report ranked Messiah as the #3 "Top college for soccer fans" in the nation!

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 "White-out" march before the big soccer game!

Fall festivals
Residence halls and off-campus satellite houses host fall festivals including fall traditions like pumpkin-carving, cider-pressing, and caramel apple-dipping.

Annual residence hall decorating contest

Annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony complete with Christmas carols and musical entertainment by student musicians

Canoeing or tubing down the Yellow Breeches Creek — a relaxing way to cool off or simply enjoy one of the designated “Pennsylvania Scenic Rivers”

Hike on the Appalachian Trail, which is just 10 minutes away.

Service Day
Held each April, this is a fun and unique day to serve together as a community, either as a volunteer for Special Olympics—held each year on campus—or on any one of many outreach teams throughout the local area. Students, faculty, and staff all have the day off to go out and serve in the community.

Little Sibs Weekend
a fun time for students to host younger siblings on campus and give them a taste of your new college life!

white out march