Traditions

We celebrate Simmons as a campus community all year round!

Students celebrating May Day in flower crowns

Celebrating Simmons

Traditions are part of what makes Simmons so special. From Founder's Day to the Simmons Soiree, our campus celebrates its legacy in fun and exciting ways. Check out a few of the ways we celebrate our Simmons pride!

Traditions at Simmons

Student in a flower crown

May Day

This 100-year-old tradition meets the modern age with the senior and sophomore classes working together. Why use a flower crown filter when you can have the real thing

Simmons campus in the snow

Winter Wonderland

Catch the holiday spirit with res-hall decorating, themed dinners, and an ugly sweater party hosted by first-year students.

Maralee at Soiree

Simmons Soiree

Like prom, but fancier! You and your date spend the night dining and dancing at one of Boston’s finest hot spots, like Park Plaza or the State Room

Stormy the Shark in front of the CITGO sign

Shark Week

Seven days of swimming in Shark pride through events like casino night, scavenger hunts, laser tag, cake decorating, and more

The Simmons academic campus

Founder's Day

Every October 30th, we celebrate the birthday of Simmons’ founder, John Simmons with an essay contest, sparkling apple cider, and cake!

Students hanging out on the quad

Other Fun Events

There are tons of fun events at Simmons including Spring Carnival, Field Day, Colleges of the Fenway Block Party, Senior Week, and Commencement Ball.

 

Student life

Students sitting together on the academic campus quad.

We're so excited to welcome the Class of 2023 to campus! Before our new Sharks officially begin their Simmons journey, take a look at these facts about the incoming class.

The Sustainability Club members during their retreat.

Grants from the Alumnae/i Association Executive Board fund new experiences for Simmons students. Creating a Climate Camp and getting students into the gym for Club Gymnastics are just two of the ways grants from the Alumnae/i Association are supporting new...

Margarita Gonzalez '19, Makayla Beckford '19, Abby Willis '19, Abby Koss '19, Missy Maiewski '19

Seniors present their Capstone research projects. On April 23, seniors in the School of Business presented their Capstone research projects to faculty, friends and fellow students. Professors Indra Guertler, Špela Trefalt, Susan Sampson, and Charlene Spiceland guided...

Laverne Cox on stage at the Simmons Leadership Conference

Take a look at all the excitement from the Conference! The Simmons Leadership Conference was filled with inspiring messages and powerful leaders — we’re still buzzing with excitement! The day featured incredible speeches from Susan O'Malley, Katherine Switzer, Julia Gillard,...

Dean Brian Norman, Nancy Ancrum and Rick Berke.

Rick Berke and Mentor-in-Residence, Nancy Ancrum discussed Gwen Ifill's lasting legacy. “Conversations that matter.” That’s how Brian Norman, Dean of The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities introduced the March 26 Ifill College community meeting. That was an...

Gwen Ifill

The Simmons University Archives is pleased to announce that the Gwen Ifill Papers are open to researchers. Generously donated to the Simmons University Archives in 2017 by Gwen Ifill 's brother, Bert Ifill, the collection documents the career of Gwen...

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