traditions

Greek Rock

The Greek Rock is a testament to the strength of friendship and bonds of sororities and fraternities at Old Dominion University (ODU). Nestled on the Kaufman Mall walkways between Monarch Hall and Kaufman Hall, the rock lists all the current and past fraternities and sororities at ODU. History The Greek rock was dedicated in March… read more »

Monarch Fountain

Monarch Fountain is located on the north side of Kaufman Mall just outside the main entrance to Webb University Center on the campus of Old Dominion University (ODU). History Constructed as part of the landscape renovations to Kaufman Mall in the early 1970s, the fountain was originally known as Labor’s Fountain when it was dedicated on April 24,… read more »

Kaufman Mall

Kaufman Mall is located between Hampton Boulevard and Webb University Center on the north and south and 47th and 49th Streets on the east and west. It is one of the most recognizable areas of the Old Dominion University (ODU) campus and the site of numerous events throughout the year. While not officially named Kaufman Mall, the… read more »

Dominion Rock

Dominion Rock lies diagonally across from Webb University Center on the campus of Old Dominion University (ODU). The rock is painted periodically by students in various colors, designs and messages. It has become one of ODU’s newest traditions. History Christopher Ndiritu, class of 2016 and president of the Student Government Association (SGA), came up with the idea of… read more »

Ice Cream and Cake

Ice Cream and Cake is a traditional cheer/dance that takes place during football and basketball games at Old Dominion University (ODU). The song, originally performed by the Buckwheat Boyz, is played during the second half of men’s and women’s basketball games as well as between the third and fourth quarters of football games. Learn how to do… read more »

Convocation

Convocation is a tradition at Old Dominion University (ODU) that welcomes the freshmen class into the Monarch community each August. The students are greeted by the president, faculty, and staff. Each new student receives a graduation pin with their class year. History In the early days of the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary,… read more »

Homecoming

Homecoming is a tradition at Old Dominion University (ODU) where alumni return to campus and take part in a number of activities to connect with other alumni throughout ODU’s history. The current Homecoming celebration is chiefly organized by the Alumni Association and includes painting paws or crowns on Kaufman Mall, dyeing the water blue in… read more »

University Seal

When Old Dominion University (ODU) became independent in 1962, one of the first orders of business was to create a seal for the new college. Adopted in 1963, the seal incorporates the history and origin of Virginia. The central portion of the seal is a modified version of the royal arms of the Stuarts, the… read more »

Commencement

There have been Commencement exercises at Old Dominion University (ODU) since 1945, when the institution was known as the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary.  History Students would complete their first two years of study at the Norfolk Division and then transfer to either the Williamsburg campus of the College of William and Mary or Virginia… read more »

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