Emory University Traditions
In a city known for growth and change, Emory carefully cultivates a creative blend of old and new on campus. All students, professors and staff members become part of the university's uniquely wonderful heritage.
Emory’s unofficial mascot is a skeleton, Dooley. Our “Lord of Misrule” (represented by select students in costume) makes appearances all year, but during Dooley’s Week in the spring he rules campus—dismissing classes and making mischief.
Originating decades ago when Emory held no classes on Wednesdays, WonderfulWednesday now is a way for the whole campus to celebrate on Wednesday afternoons.
Every fall for almost thirty years, former President Jimmy Carter holds a town hall meeting for first-year students, where he speaks and then takes questions from the audience.
In honor of The Coca-Cola Company founders Robert and George Woodruff, who in 1979 gave a gift of $105 million to Emory, every year Emory students, faculty, and staff gather together in celebration and raise a toast—a Coca-Cola, of course.
Held every September, Homecoming Weekend is a chance for alumni to return to campus to reconnect with former classmates and enjoy the Emory University and School of Nursing communities. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff participate in several days of celebratory events including a parade, a concert, lectures, and receptions.