Universities coming to see campus traditions as way of standing out

January 12, 2011

Until recently, many universities did not pay attention to the overall "university experience," nor actively try to foster bonding, says one alumni official at the University of Manitoba. Institutions have now come to see their campus traditions as a way of standing out. "Certain traditions may influence the decision to select one university over another," says an alumni official at the University of Western Ontario. Some traditions are important rites of passage. At St. Francis Xavier University, the X-ring is presented to graduating students in a formal ceremony each year on December 3, the feast day of the institution's namesake. Traditions that do not stand the diversity test are being questioned. Back at StFX, the student union officially opposes the automatic appointment of the local bishop as the university's chancellor. University Affairs