Rams After Hours is a free, late night program for West Chester University students occurring on Friday nights during the academic year from 9:00 pm to 12:00am. Food, entertainment, and a take home novelty item make these must-attend events!
Each fall, students and their family members are invited to participate in a weekend of activities and programs, which range from a walking historical tour of the campus, planetarium shows, highlights of student talent, athletic events, and the West Chester Foundation sponsored picnic. Check out this year's events here.
Each fall, the West Chester University community celebrates Homecoming with various events and activities. These include the kick-off party, the annual parade, the game and tailgate party plus many other programs, class reunions, and even a community service project. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni come together to share memories, create new ones, and show off their Ram Pride!
Each spring, the Frederick Douglas Society and West Chester University honors the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an awards brunch, service project, and a full day of other programs and activities.
The Legacy of Leadership is a fundraising/recognition program that raises resources that benefit the Student Affairs Leadership Development Fund, supporting student leadership programs. The program recognizes alumni who were student leaders while at WCU and continue to utilize their leadership skills in their daily lives. It also recognizes faculty/staff who have had an impact on students through their roles as advisors.
For over 20 years each spring students wake up and it's Banana Day! Games are played throughout campus, bananas are eaten, and everyone competes for the coveted Banana Day T-Shirt. It's a day to remind us what it’s like to be a kid again, to play, and have fun. Banana Day won the National Association for Campus Activities 2018 "Your Best Campus Tradition" and now we're nationally recognized for what some would call an unofficial WCU holiday! Banana Day is sponsored by the Student Activities Council.
The University hosts an annual pageants for students to showcase their talents, intelligence, and campus leadership. This pageant functions as a scholarship opportunity as well as a fundraiser for a particular community service platform. This event attracts many people who come out to see which lucky student will be crowned.
First held in the early 1980s, the BLGC Step Show showcases a form of percussive dance that mixes movement, singing, speaking, chanting, and drama. Melding folk tradition with popular culture, students compete for a chance to win $1,000 in prize money and bragging rights for the next year.
The 1871 Award was established in 2018 to recognize West Chester University juniors and seniors who are high-achieving in both the academic and co-curricular realms. Each year, 71 students will be honored for their outstanding accomplishments related to Academics, Leadership, Community Engagement, and Career Readiness.
For twenty years, West Chester University has recognized excellence in programming, organizational development, individual leadership, and effective partnerships through our annual student leadership awards. Both individual and organization leadership is recognized at this annual event.