Penn Traditions

What is Penn Traditions?

Penn Traditions is a unique approach to student philanthropy and engagement education and  programming, with the objective of creating student understanding and awareness of Penn's institutional mission, history and traditions, the financing higher education, University goals, and the role of alumni and students in the Penn community. The program's inaugural event, "Highball to Hey Day: The Penn Experience" was held in February 2004 and programming for all four undergraduate classes has been ongoing.

The program is designed to:

  • Teach students about Penn's rich history and diverse traditions
  • Foster tradition and pride
  • Promote and inspire class unity
  • Offer opportunities for direct communication between students and alumni
  • Educate students about Penn's strengths and challenges in preparation for their lifelong role as alumni
  • Keep young alumni engaged and connected to Penn after graduation
Programs are delivered with the support of the President's and Provost's Office by Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) staff together with students, Penn faculty and staff, alumni, Trustees, and student volunteers. 


  • Establishing a lifelong relationship with Penn
  • Supporting Penn with your time, talent and financial resources in the future
  • Learning and maintaining Penn's student traditions
  • Understanding the financing of education at Penn
  • Maintaining the value of your Penn degree
  • Preserving the Penn experience for future students
  • Helping Penn meet its challenges as an institution
  • Learning the history of Penn
  • Sustaining Penn's excellence


  • Penn Traditions Family Picnic at New Student Orientation
  • Highball to Hey Day: The Penn Experience" - an interactive Penn history lesson
  • Trustees Receptions in the College Houses
  • The Final Toast for Seniors
  • Penn Traditions Quizzo (for students and young alumni)
  • Seniors for The Penn Fund events and activities
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