Traditions and Celebrations
Traditions and Celebrations Historical Marker
Written by: Shelby Riddell ('14)
Georgetown is full of traditions-ones that celebrate faculty, staff, and students. Many of these celebrations have a long history. One celebration that has had a long past is the Belle of the Blue Scholarship pageant. This pageant has been held annually since 1950. Each year, a residence hall nominates a representative who demonstrates skill in speaking and performs a talent in front of her peers in the chapel. Judges for this competition select a winner who is granted a scholarship in honor of the College's storied past as the "Belle of the Bluegrass."
Other traditions that are special to Georgetown College are Chapel Day and Bid Day. Each year, after students come back from Winter Break, formal recruitment is held for all Sororities and Fraternities on campus. At the end of recruitment each man and woman will dress up in a creative outfit donning their new affiliations colors and run out of Cooke Memorial Building and the John L. Hill Chapel, respectively, into their new brothers' and sisters' arms.
Grubfest is a student-focused tradition that focuses on food and competition. Each year, towards of the beginning of the fall semester, the grassy space in the middle of South Campus, known as the Quad, is turned into an area for students to get filthy. Areas such as a large mud pit, and a slip-n-slide covered in oil, and activities such as an egg toss are just some of the ways that students can "get grubby." Outdoor showers are provided so that students don't track mud throughout the residence halls. While this event might appear ridiculous, it is just another event that is built around community. This day brings about camaraderie amongst the student body-giving students a chance to meet new people and recognize that college isn't just about late nights of studying.
The Name Exchange Ceremony takes place after the senior banquet, the day before graduation. In this ceremony students are asked to shake the hands of their professors, and refer to them by their first names to represent the change in nature of their relationships.
Several other traditions are viewable online.