Michigan Tech Traditions
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. Featuring dozens of huge, intricate snow statues all around campus and the community, this event also brings together students to participate in broomball, comedy skits, sleigh rides, a queen coronation, and lots of winter fun.
Celebrated since 1929, Michigan Tech’s Homecoming features not only football but the crowning of the homecoming king and queen, a cardboard boat race featuring dozens of boats, competitive challenges, and many other events that promote Husky Spirit.
K Day—short for Keweenaw Day—gives students a chance to celebrate their beautiful surroundings in the Keweenaw Peninsula and learn about ways to get involved and connected at Michigan Tech. Organized by the Faculty Association, Tech’s first K-Day was held on October 9, 1951, at Fort Wilkins State Park with over 1,000 members of the College family and their guests in attendance. The event was moved to McLain State Park in 1976.
Established by students in 1990, Spring Fling ends the academic year and welcomes warmer weather by engaging students in fun 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.
Broomball is our youngest tradition, dating back to 1994-1995. What began as an extracurricular activity on one rink has expanded to include over 2000 participants per year on three rinks, an online apparel store, and has become a campus employer.
Beginning in 1989, the Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival, held in September, celebrates diversity with a colorful parade of flag-bearing students, staff, and community members. More than eighty nations are represented in this popular event. The Multicultural Festival at the Dee Stadium, following the parade, is a celebration of food, culture, music, and dance.