Traditions and special events | Saint-Laurent University


Special moments for students

Charter Day

April 3 is the day “Saint-Laurent University” received its charter in 1856. The occasion is recognized on campus, across the country and even around the world as the Laurentians come together to celebrate the founding and Honor our Universalist founders who believed in Canton and the liberal arts, and taught us that we can do so much more together than we can ever do alone.

Student collection brush

Make a difference day

The Laurentians have made their home in the Nord Country for four years and feel responsible for giving back to the community while they are here. Each fall, Volunteer Services coordinates multiple sites across Canton and neighboring towns for students to spend the day cooling off and getting organized.

Unit project

UNIT project

Each year, our students celebrate each other’s uniqueness while strengthening bonds with one another through the UNITY project. This is a national interactive art project that educates people about the labels people give to themselves and others and explores how those labels support and limit the creation of interconnected and interesting communities.

Laurentians at the top of the mountain

Peak weekend

A weekend, 46 summits, and at least one Laurentian at the top of each one. Each fall, students of all skill levels venture into Adirondack Park with the Outing Club in search of a “sack” of High Peak, one of 46 mountains over 4,000 feet in the range. of the Adirondacks. Peaks vary in difficulty, but you’ll find a Saint-Laurent student atop each in just one weekend.



Founded in 2006 by Victor Kai-Rogers ’08, an international student from Freetown, Sierra Leone, Kaleidoscope celebrates the diversity and inclusiveness of our community with a series of musical performances, dances, poetry readings, and more. The International House (known as the I-House) hosts this celebration every spring.

Candlelight service

Candlelight service

Just before students take their final exams and the fall semester draws to a close, the Gunnison Memorial Chapel fills with candlelight and the warmth of the Laurentian community. Students, faculty, staff and community members come together for a program of music and readings as they reflect on the past year and share their best wishes for the year ahead. This tradition dates back to the 1920s.

Gospel choir

Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

Each year, the University celebrates the work and memory of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. through itcommunity service, stimulating performances and discussions.

Group playing

Folk festival

When the last (or at least loved ones) flakes have fallen in Canton and buds appear on the trees, the Green House invites local artisans and musicians from across the region to share their talent with the campus community and donate showcasing the rich cultural traditions of the North Country.

Female hockey

Route 11 Rivalries

When neighboring Clarkson University comes to St. Lawrence, the student section of nearly every sporting venue – including Appleton Arena – is the only place to go. A highly anticipated event, Laurentian and Township communities are preparing to sport their best scarlet and brown gear and cheer on the Saints as they march against the Golden Knights.

Theme dinner

Theme dinners at Dana

The Laurentians love to bond around a shared meal, especially if it has a delicious theme. Our exceptional food service team host a variety of themed meals in honor of special events and holidays throughout the year. Favorites include the Adirondack Dinner featuring local dishes and ingredients, Canadian Thanksgiving, Breakfast for Dinner, and Super Bowl Sunday.

Students play music to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Cultural celebrations

Each year, groups of students work together to organize various multicultural events on campus to share their backgrounds and experiences with the campus and local communities. Recent celebrations have included Lunar New Year, Holi, Eid, Dia de los Muertos, and Diwali.


Autumn Festival and Spring Festival

Each semester, the Association for Campus Entertainment transforms the intramural grounds into a concert hall and welcomes groups, solo artists and DJs of all genres to perform in front of our students. Sometimes students even perform an ensemble as part of the first part.

President Fox speaking

Theme weeks

Diversity and Inclusion Week. Hunger Awareness Week. Pride week. Teal week. Our entire community is passionate about raising awareness of a variety of critical issues facing the world today.

Tea time

Tea time

Almost every Wednesday night during the semester, the students living on the thematic floor of the International House (I-House) invite everyone to join in for fun chats, pastries, good tea and thoughtful conversations. .

Ski jumping

Rail Jam and Titus Weekend

There is no bad weather in Saint-Laurent – only opportunities to make the most of what Mother Nature has in store for us. During the coldest and snowiest days of winter, the Outing Club builds a rail on the Brush Memorial Quad. Students ski and snowboard on campus on Friday, then head to nearby Titus Mountain to hit the slopes and dance to live music in the lodge on Saturday.


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