Annual Traditions and Celebrations
Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (January/February)
The campus community remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the month of January in an extended series of events. Programs have traditionally included a Day of Service, readings of creative works and presentations of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Writing Awards, diversity workshops, a community debate and a comprehensive lecture series. For this campus celebration, the Division of Student Affairs sponsors an MLK Student Speaker opportunity during the fall semester to select an undergraduate and graduate student to represent our campus community during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day program.
Community Collage (August)
Community Collage is a presentation of student experiences, personal reflections and performance as a representation of diversity within the Carnegie Mellon community. The program creates a sense of shared experience, provides a foundation for dialogue, supports cross-cultural and cross-community interaction and encourages intellectual discussion about multicultural issues. The program is presented as part of First-Year Orientation.
Every year, over 1,000 Carnegie Mellon University students meet in the Mall during Carnival to usher in the spring and celebrate the cultural "festival of colors."
Bhangra in the Burgh (November)
The annual student-run Bhangra in the Burgh dance competition brings together the top collegiate Bhangra teams from across the nation to compete on one stage in a night of music, dance and South Asian culture celebration.
Spiritual Development Month (November)
This CMU initiative was developed to focus attention on the importance and significance of knowing yourself. Throughout the month of November, there are various programs and events, highlighted by a campus-wide Thanksgiving celebration. CMU takes pride in purposefully creating opportunities for students to pause, engage in self-inquiry, and to reflect upon and to articulate one's moral code.