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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,… read more »

Commencement

There have been Commencement exercises at Old Dominion University 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 Polytechnical… read more »

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