Crusader Welcome Week
Welcome Week is a jam-packed week of activities for new and returning students hosted by residence life, campus ministry, and student activities. There are plenty of opportunities to catch up with old friends and make some new ones. Welcome Week includes the “Crusader Fair” that highlights our student clubs and organizations on campus that you may want to be a part of. During welcome week you may find yourself watching an outdoor movie, listening to music in the quad, or sharing an ice cream sundae with a new friend.
The President’s Ball is the first dance of the school year (typically in August), and is hosted by President Thierfelder and the President of Student Government. All students are invited to this traditional event to mark the end of the official welcome events and the beginning of a new, exciting year for all Crusaders.
This Fall Festival is an Abbey tradition loved by all. It is hosted by our CAB (Campus Activities Board) in October or November. Students fill the Quad and enjoy pumpkin painting, live music by our own talented students, games, and food trucks.
Abbey’s Got Talent
This annual competition is open to the whole student body to share their talents with the entire community. We have had singers, dancers, jugglers, singing groups, musicians, and comedians perform for fellow students. Members of our faculty and staff serve as judges. Awards are given to the talent winner as well as the crowd favorite. It’s a night to cheer on your friends and enjoy the talent that abounds here.
Annual Crawfish Boil
The Crawfish boil started in 2009 and has easily become a student favorite. It is typically held on a Friday afternoon during Lent. Students come together in the Quad for games, music, and delicious crawfish. We also bring in some other Cajun favorites to share! This event is hosted by Student Activities and CAB.
Before leaving for Winter Break, students get in the holiday spirit with Crusader Christmas. There’s so much to celebrate at this event with food, games, crafts, prizes, and a whole lot of Christmas cheer!
Operation Christmas Child
Students, groups, faculty, staff, sports teams join together to make boxes to send to those less fortunate through Operation Christmas Child. In 2020, while in the midst of the pandemic, we were able to continue this effort and coordinate 200 boxes.
Every year the Spring Formal is held at a special location. Students can purchase tickets to be whisked away for a wonderful evening of food, dancing, and memories.
The week before graduation, the seniors remain on campus to make their final memories with their fellow classmates. Activities include barbecues, department/major farewells, faculty/staff-vs.-seniors competitions, and other receptions for the soon-to-be graduates. In order to “leave Belmont Abbey College better than they found it,” each class leaves a gift to the college.