Traditions

Pinning Ceremony at Hampden-Sydney College

Civility and Honor

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.

C-Day

C-Day is a campus-wide, day-long event during the fall involving faculty and staff from nearly every department on campus inviting students to explore interests, make connections, and celebrate the Hampden-Sydney community. Featuring speakers, activities, and informational sessions, it is among the many opportunities students have to develop as a person of integrity and as a Hampden-Sydney Man.

Coat and Tie

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.

Homecoming

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.

"The Game"

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.

Greek Week

This springtime celebration of brotherhood revolves around the 9 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.

Songs

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