Our School Colors are green, white and gold. SUNY Delhi has always been symbolized by green and white. The color gold was introduced officially in 2007 to represent Delhi’s commitment to fostering achievement and its standard of excellence.
The Bronco is the mascot for SUNY Delhi. Mascots are traditionally chosen as a symbolic figure to bring luck. One of the first references to “The Broncos” appeared in the 1935 yearbook, following the introduction of the college’s first athletic teams, basketball and cross country. You will see The Bronco make an appearance at college sporting events, and in local parades.
The Alma Mater, our college anthem, “Sheltered by the Catskill Mountains” was written by Richard Kirwan. He was one of 52 men who attended Delhi between 1918 and 1921 with the help of federal funds set aside for disabled veterans from WWI. The words of our Alma Mater were updated in 2009 to reflect the modern era. The Alma Mater is traditionally sung at Convocation, Commencement and during Alumni Weekend. You can also hear the tune every day on campus at noon when it is played through the campus chimes.
Move-In Crew is one of SUNY Delhi’s oldest and most appreciated traditions. After driving to campus, incoming freshman and their families are greeted by an eager crew of students, faculty, and staff (including the President and Cabinet members) who enthusiastically help carry their bags and belongings to their new residence hall rooms. This labor intensive tradition is always greatly appreciated by incoming freshmen and their families, and serves as a very special welcome to our campus. Returning students volunteer for this assignment, and spend time telling new students about campus and upcoming Orientation activities.
Convocation takes place each fall and marks the official start of the academic year. It is held the first day of Orientation, and is well attended by incoming students and their parents. Faculty and staff members wear their academic regalia; there is formal music, including a processional and recessional. Students are welcomed by the President, and are officially inducted into the College by the Provost. Each year, the faculty member who most recently received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is the featured speaker.
Orientation was created in 1959, by the Senior Orientation Committee, to greet first-year students. Orientation, which takes place before the Fall and Spring semester, is a multi-day lineup of activities to provide important academic and campus life information to students, parents & families from orientation leaders, staff & faculty. Events and meal times are also planned to bring together the campus community to kick off the academic semester.
Family Day is an annual event that takes place in late September. Family Day gives students and their families a chance to spend the day together on campus, and in the local community. Parents can see how their students are adjusting, and students can reassure their families that they have made a successful assimilation to college life. The local Delhi Chamber of Commerce collaborates by scheduling their annual Harvest Fest for the same time. Local businesses and vendors set up booths and tents to showcase their talents. Various events take place throughout Saturday including student and professional entertainment, athletic competitions, family pictures, a giant family style barbeque and wraps up with brunch on Sunday.
Community Service Day is coordinated through the O’Connor Center for Community Engagement. Around 300 students, faculty and staff members work in teams serving various local agencies and on pre-determined assignments. Local organizations coordinate their specific needs for service through the O’Connor Center and after meeting for an early breakfast, teams of volunteers travel throughout the county to serve others. This event takes place in either September or October and serves as a valuable introduction to what the O’Connor Center for Community Engagement has to offer.
Fall Weekend takes place around Halloween as a time to bring students together for fun and amusement. The Student Programming Board makes a special effort to bring in big name entertainment for this weekend. Various special events take place and many students choose this weekend to invite their friends from home to visit in order to show off their College. Younger alumni make a habit of returning to campus for the Fall Weekend entertainment that includes major concerts, dances, comedy shows, hands-on activities and special novelty attractions. All of the organizational labor for Fall Weekend events is provided by student programmers, who choose the entertainment and theme for the year.
Winterfest is a weeklong series of events, held in memory of former SUNY Delhi student Marcus Somerstein every year. A schedule of competitions and events takes place, with winter themed events designed to show students how to have fun in the cold on campus. Some events require a lot of skill, and others just require a willingness to get a little silly. The Cardboard Classic, where student’s race down the college hill on sleighs made of cardboard is the highlight of this annual event that features great prizes, and a high rate of student participation.
The Athletic Banquet is held annually in May to recognize and celebrate the individual and team athletic accomplishments of the prior year. Athletic and academic achievement awards are bestowed on many deserving athletes.
The Student Senate Recognition Banquet has been a tradition for over forty years and takes place at the end of each spring semester. Representatives from all recognized clubs and organizations along with their advisors gather together for a formal dinner to celebrate the many accomplishments of the past year, and give special recognition to clubs and individuals. The coveted Student of the Year Awards and the President’s Award for Community Service are announced during the evening. The theme of the banquet changes every year, and the Student Senate Executive Board members serve as the hosts for this culminating annual event.
Student Life Leadership Awards and Scholarships Each spring, student leaders are formally recognized by the Division of Student Life for their outstanding contributions to enhancing the quality of campus life. Students are recognized for contributions in all areas of campus life. Additionally, two faculty members are also given awards for making outstanding contributions outside of the classroom.
UDE-Fest signifies the end of the College year, taking place on the last Friday before spring exams. Conceived by Upsilon Delta Epsilon, a co-ed fraternity, this event features live music, entertainment, carnival games, community style meals, inflatable attractions, and various competitions. A campus-wide barbeque is held in conjunction with this large event that resembles a neighborhood block party.
PJ's & Pancakes is a free pre-exam 'breakfast' for students, sponsered by CADI. Each semester, on the Sunday evening before finals week, staff and faculty volunteer to serve students in the MacDonald Dining Center. PJ's & Pancakes offers a time to de-stress with friends and enjoy build-your-own pancakes with a large assortment of topping choices.
The Champagne Toast for Baccalaureate Graduates is a special celebration and tradition reserved for those students who have completed their Bachelor’s Degrees. Hosted by the President and Provost, the special accomplishments of four year students are recognized, and saluted with a toast to their future success. The event takes place in the College’s Hospitality Center, and is intimate in nature. Graduates have the special honor of inviting a faculty or staff member who has supported them through their time at Delhi to share in the celebration.
The Commencement Dinner is sponsored by the President and the Alumni Association. Graduating students are invited to attend a formal dinner two days before graduation. They are served an upscale meal by members of the President’s Cabinet, Academic Deans, faculty, and staff members. Students who have reached milestones in community service are commended personally by the President with a framed award and a special cord to wear at graduation.
Commencement is the bi-annual graduation ceremony during which degree completion is celebrated. Delhi’s first commencement was in 1918 when 19 diplomas were awarded. Today the December ceremony takes place in the Farrell Student and Community Center and the May ceremony takes place in the Clark Field House. The Centennial Graduating Class of 2013 was comprised of over 600 students.
Vice President of Student Life
Barbara E. Jones