Campus Traditions and Spirit Programs

Students are afforded opportunities to develop a sense of belonging with the entire Holy Family University community (faculty, staff, alumni, and fellow students). The Student Engagement Office teams up with many departments across campus to create and host annual large-scale programs to help students strengthen the feeling of “Tiger Pride”.


Campus Traditions 

Campus Traditions are events that we host annually in the hopes of helping students at Holy Family University connect with current engagement opportunities. Some of the events, like Homecoming, are meant to unite current HFU students with HFU alumni. Below is a list of events hosted annually.

Breakfast of Champions: A tradition held at the beginning of each semester’s finals week to provide students with an opportunity to decompress with finals by enjoying late night breakfast foods.

Involvement Fair: Hosted on the first Wednesday of classes during the fall semester, the Involvement Fair is a great opportunity for new and current students to learn how to get involved at HFU. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet all of HFU’s Registered Student Organizations, sign up to become involved, learn about on-campus job opportunities, and meet new people!

Student Leadership Awards Brunch (SLAB): Hosted the last Saturday before finals week during the Spring semester, the Student Leadership Awards Brunch is a time for the SEO to recognize individual student leaders and advisors for their accomplishments during the academic year. Registered Student Organizations are also eligible to receive recognition for their programming efforts during the academic year. Nominations for recognition can be submitted year round using our Nomination Form.

Welcome Tigers Program: An Orientation extension program which provides roughly six weeks of high impact programs, the Welcome Tigers Program series creates opportunities for students to learn more about campus engagement opportunities, meet Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), and develop a sense of belonging at the University. The Welcome Tigers Program begins the first week of Fall semester.

Homecoming: An event which provides students and guests an opportunity to experience campus life with alumni. Check out the University’s Homecoming webpage to find videos and pictures from Homecomings from the past and to learn more about the Homecomings to come.

Great Day to be a Tiger Day: The University celebrates the anniversary of the signing of Holy Family’s founding charter - our birthday - on February 11. This celebration is known as Great Day to be a Tiger! Historically classes have been cancelled to allow for students, faculty, and staff to participate in the festivities. Check out the University’s Great Day to be a Tiger Day webpage to learn more about the next celebration.

Christmas Rose: An annual celebration of Christmas is held at the close of the fall semester. This event is sponsored by the Student Government Association. All faculty, staff, and students are invited guests. The program begins with a celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy, followed by a buffet dinner and student-run variety show.

Tiger-Paw-Looza: The University’s annual end-of-year outdoor fair with a barbecue and games sponsored by the Student Engagement Office and the STudent Government Association.


Spirit Programs

The Student Engagement Office offers a variety of programs to encourage students to celebrate their Tiger Pride. Some of these initiatives include membership in organizations while others are programs that we host and invite students to attend.

Cheerleading Team and Dance Team: Two of our Club Sports at Holy Family are our Cheerleading Team and our Dance Team. Both teams are entirely led by Student Leaders and operate at Registered Student Organizations (RSOs). Tryouts happen annually during the Spring and Summer months to determine teams for the upcoming academic year. Students are encouraged to contact the teams directly to learn more about their offerings. Contact the Cheer Team at and the Dance Team at with any questions.

Mascot Program: Holy Family Unvierstiy’s official mascot is the tiger and is named Blue. Students make up the membership of our Mascot Team and help bring Blue to life. The Mascot Team is always recruiting students to wear the costume and be Blue in addition to recruiting Mascot Handlers. Email the Mascot Team with questions at Individuals can request Blue to attend their campus program by completing the Mascot Request Form linked to this page. Students can apply to be a member of the team by completing the Mascot Team Application.

Pack the Stands: The Student Engagement Office teams up with Athletics to organize and host Pack the Stands events. These events are meant to encourage attendance at our Division II Athletics Teams’ competitions. At least two Pack the Stands events are hosted a semester and are advertised through TUES NEWS and SEO Social Media sites.

Students that are interested in learning more about any of our Campus Traditions and Spirit Programs are encouraged to email the Student Engagement Office staff at