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 working in the archives.

In Fall 2019, a group of 11 Simmons undergraduate students began researching the lost West End. Supported by a “Humanities Research for the Public Good” grant from the Council of Independent Colleges, the students created a series of exhibits, including one for the West End Museum, one on Simmons’ campus, and a digital exhibit.

Front of Main College Building

Moving a university from a real campus to a virtual one isn’t easy, but Simmons’ decade-plus of experience in online graduate education helped the University and its students ease the transition.

Headshot of Professor Robert Coulam

The bi-annual Healthcare Forum convened online to discuss drug costs in the U.S. Moderated by Professor of Practice Robert Coulam, the forum invited two of the nation’s leading drug policy experts to discuss this critical issue.