Each year Michigan Tech hosts numerous traditions, involving students, staff, and even the local community. The list below highlights some of traditions that are hosted by various departments and student organizations on campus.
An Afternoon on the Town is a Michigan Tech event that invites local businesses/services to welcome our students and show them what they have to offer. Starting on campus, down College Avenue, and throughout the downtown Houghton area there will be live music, refreshments, giveaways, and prizes for student participants.
(NEW Program – A combination of Taste of Houghton & Community Expo)
Sponsored by: Student Life, Student Activities, COMPASS, and Housing & Residential Life
Every year, Michigan Tech students are welcomed back to campus with this week-long tradition that will get everyone back into the swing of the academic year.
This program is designed to complement the first-year Orientation experience, and provide opportunities for returning students to see all that is new and improved on campus. The week is jam packed with social activities, food, entertainment, and much, much more!
Sponsored by: Student Activities
Classes are released at noon on Friday following Labor Day so that students, staff, and faculty can celebrate Keweenaw Day (K-Day), a celebration of the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula, which is home to Michigan Tech. Everyone heads out to McLain State Park on Lake Superior for a day of fun, sun, music, games, and food.
Sponsored by: Interfraternity Council and Student Activities
Parade of Nations
The Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival, held in September, celebrates diversity with a colorful parade of flag-bearing students, staff, and community members, who represent more than eighty nations, and also includes a celebration of food, culture, music, and dance.
Sponsored by: International Programs & Services (IPS)
Few homecoming festivities on any campus can rival Michigan Tech’s for zaniness and all-around fun! In addition to the football game, the celebration features a parade, the crowning of the homecoming king and queen, a cardboard boat race, competitive challenges, and many other events that promote Husky Spirit.
Sponsored by: Student Activities, Athletics, and Alumni Relations
During the fall semester, we invite your parents and family members to the Keweenaw Peninsula to explore campus, attend cultural events, cheer the Huskies to victory, and tour the area to view the vibrant fall colors. It is a weekend filled with fond memories of Michigan Tech and is also a great opportunity to introduce your family to the Keewenaw area.
Sponsored by: COMPASS (Center for Orientation, Mentoring, Parents and Academic Student Success
No Michigan Tech tradition can match Winter Carnival for national fame and overall involvement. Organized by Blue Key National Honor Society since 1934, Winter Carnival started in 1922 and has grown to become one of the largest annual winter festivals in the nation. It features huge, intricate snow statues on campus and in the local area, a home hockey game, broomball and other sports, skits, sleigh rides, a queen and court, and more midwinter fun than you’d think was possible! Winter Carnival is held in early February and students have a two-day break from classes.
Sponsored by: Blue Key National Honor Society
Spring Fling is always the Friday of Week 13 of the Spring Semester. Students end the academic year and welcome warmer weather by engaging in activities. Various student organizations participate in this event providing food and entertainment for a campus community eager to relax and have fun before the serious business of final exams begins.
Sponsored by: Memorial Union Building (MUB) Board