MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY HISTORY AND TRADITIONS
Support from students and the community did enable the college to survive the economic crisis and quickly assume its present private status. In 1956, it was renamed
Today, Monmouth offers more than 45 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and concentration. Within its student body, 25 states and 34 foreign countries are represented. More than 1,750 undergraduates are resident students.
The first Founders’ Day was held in 1983 as part of the College’s 50th anniversary. Since then, Founders’ Day has become a tradition. It is scheduled annually on the second Wednesday in October.
The main part of the celebration is the convocation ceremony, at which the University’s community and friends assemble in Pollak Theatre. The ceremony, presided over by the president, begins with a formal academic procession. The program is devoted to remembrance and a renewal of Monmouth’s dedication to education and scholarship. As part of the ceremony, awards and honorary degrees are presented to individuals whose achievements merit recognition or who have been instrumental in nourishing the growth and progress of the University Student leader and honors scholars are also recognized. Faculty, students, staff, administrators, and friends of the University are invited to attend.
This annual tradition has been a part of the
Celebrating the life and spirit of
Homecoming is always held during the fall semester and is built around a home football game between one of the Hawks’ rivals. Included in this week-long celebration are the nomination of student leaders for Homecoming King, Queen, and their court, an annual parade of floats through campus before kickoff, a bonfire/pep rally, and additional programs, which tie in with a theme.
A spring event which brings fraternity and sorority members together for athletic, theatrical, and academic competition in a spirit of friendly rivalry. The coveted Greek Week Champion’s Cup is awarded to the leading fraternity and sorority.
This event is sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Student Activities Board (SAB) toward the end of each spring semester, right before finals begin. It’s a way for the
The Big Event
Sponsored by the Student Government Association, the Big Event is a recent addition to the many traditions celebrated at
About Woodrow Wilson Hall
The wide, sweeping lawns of Woodrow Wilson Hall are a verdant backdrop for University festivities. Its grand entrance is the setting for candlelight balls, spontaneous celebrations, alumni get-togethers, and national to neighborhood events. Wilson Hall is the first building prospective students visit and it is the center of the
The Beaux-Arts mansion once named Shadow Lawn is pretty enough to bring graduates back on campus for wedding photos and magnificent enough to deserve its National Historic Landmark status. But mostly, Wilson Hall is full of activity as the administrative, academic, and social hub of the campus.
Arched ceilings soar over students as they attend classes in the limestone mansion, and the Great Hall’s vast, stained Venetian glass skylight provides light, if not entertainment, for study groups. Once the private residence of a former president of F.W. Woolworth Co., Hubert T. Parson, Wilson Hall is where staff and faculty meet in rooms graced by Gilded Age chandeliers or attend conferences in the building’s auditorium which has been meticulously restored to its original elegance.
Built in 1929, the mansion stands on the site of the original Shadow Lawn – a colonial wood frame 52-room mansion widely recognized as one of
Wilson Hall is