The word honor describes a way of life at Hampden-Sydney. The Honor Code espouses a set of ethical principles which make it possible for the Hampden-Sydney community to live in an environment of mutual trust and respect. These principles, the core of the College's mission, "to form good men and good citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning," become the core of one's lifelong ethical standards. A less formal tradition that promotes civility is the expectation that a Hampden-Sydney student will speak to everyone he meets.
Whether worn at football and lacrosse games or required at special campus events, the blue blazer and tie make frequent appearances in the community. Hampden-Sydney men know how to look their best.
Each fall, alumni have the opportunity to return to campus for the weekend to renew friendships and become reacquainted with the lure of Hampden-Sydney in autumn. The weekend centers on a home football game and "hillgating" (tailgating at H-SC) when hundreds of the College's alumni, students, and friends gather on the lawn of historic Cushing Hall and the area surrounding Everett Stadium and Fulton Field to renew friendships and celebrate each other's company. The weekend usually features a concert and intercollegiate soccer as well as friendly alumni vs. students lacrosse and rugby games.
Titled simply, "The Game," this Division III football match between Hampden-Sydney and Randolph-Macon College is the oldest small college football rivalry in the south. Needless to say, students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members show up in great numbers to support the Tigers.
This springtime celebration of brotherhood revolves around the over 10 social fraternities at Hampden-Sydney. The College Activities Council (CAC) sponsors a school-wide concert while individual fraternities host bands, special events, competitions, and service projects.
The entering freshman class traditionally "rings in" the new academic year at Watkins Bell Tower before they say goodbye to their parents.
Every Hampden-Sydney student and alumnus will, at some point, find himself singing tribute to his alma mater, just as his brothers did before him.
The Hampden-Sydney Hymn
Glass of the Finest
A fall tradition at Hampden-Sydney, tailgating at home games mean good food, good friends, and good times. The Tiger football team boasts the highest winning percentage of any Virginia college football program over the past five years and averages the highest home attendance of any school in NCAA Division III.