Chatham University

Late Night Programming & Chatham Activities Board

The Office of Student Engagement aims to create a vibrant campus life with fun social and educational events for students. To learn more about our calendar of events, download the ChathamU app powered by Involvio.

  • Late Night Programs: If it's a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night, we've got you covered! From trivia nights to movie premieres to themed dances to sporting events, there is always something to do.
  • Chatham Activities Board (CAB): CAB is a committee of students who plan programs on and off campus. Interested in joining? Contact the Office of Student Engagement to learn more.
  • Carriage House Student Center: The Carriage House is the living room of campus! Stop by to relax by the fireplace or watch a movie on the big screen. Regularly scheduled Carriage House Fun days provide students with free treats and activities. The Carriage House is run by Carriage House programming coordinators, student employees who help run the building's operations, programs, and events.

Chatham University Traditions

Traditions at Chatham

Chatham University has a rich history that is steeped in campus traditions. We sincerely hope that all of our students–undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education–will join us to experience the traditions that continue to evolve along with our growing student body. Below is a list of some of the traditions most beloved by students, faculty, and staff.

  • Class Colors are an important signifying tradition on campus. Students proudly display university colors and class colors to show school spirit.
    • University Colors: Purple & White
    • Undergraduate Class Colors: Each undergraduate class is pinned with their own colors upon their matriculation to the college. Each year, one of the four colors is passed down from graduating seniors to incoming first years.
      • Class of 2019: Rose
      • Class of 2020: Green
      • Class of 2021: Red
      • Class of 2022: Yellow
      • Class of 2023: Rose
  • Chatham University Opening Convocation

    Opening Convocation is a celebration of the opening of the new academic year during which the incoming class is welcomed to campus and our new Global Focus is officially announced.

  • Harvest Fun Fest is a community based tradition that was created in 1998. This event is hosted by Chatham during Family & Friends Weekend and features fall-themed family activities, face painting, a pumpkin patch, and great treats. Student organizations are encouraged to participate by setting up family-friendly activities for the participants.
  • Halloween Dinner and Mocktails

    Halloween Dinner is a celebration of the holiday hosted in the campus dining hall. The event includes a mocktails contest and a costume contest both of which feature great prizes.

  • Battle of the Classes is a week-long series of competitions among each class year. Each class competes to be the ultimate class!
  • Song Contest, a tradition that is over 70 years old, is a performance competition for which each class choreographs a routine and changes the lyrics to popular songs to lines about Chatham and their class. You won't want to miss these performances!
  • Harvest Dinner is a time for the entire campus to come together in celebration of Thanksgiving. This family-style dinner allows students, alumni, faculty & staff to connect and celebrate over a delicious meal.
  • Candlelight, Eggnog, and Holiday Ball

    Candlelight, Chatham Eggnog, and Holiday Ball is one of the most festive nights of the year. The choir hosts a beautiful service that incorporates seasonal traditions and songs. Following the service, the entire campus celebrates with a gathering over Eggnog and other festive treats. Finally, the students end the night with a dance sponsored by Chatham Activities Board.

  • Moonlight Breakfast is a chance for students to take a break from studying for finals and let the faculty and staff serve them a late night breakfast!
  • Sledding on Chapel Hill is a tradition based entirely on the snow. Students celebrate the snowy weather by sledding down the steep hill.
  • Spring Formal is an off-campus dance held at a different Pittsburgh venue each year. This event allows students to celebrate the end of the semester and dance the night away.
  • Bucket & Blossom and University Day

    University Day featuring Bucket & Blossom commemorates Chatham's transition to a university by asking students, staff, and faculty to spend the morning beautifying the campus. After the hard work is done, everyone comes together for a picnic on the quad.

  • Closing Convocation celebrates the end of another academic year. This informal ceremony features the presentation of several academic awards and the Moving Up Ceremony during which the campus community wishes the seniors and fond farewell and acknowledges the progression of the remaining classes.