Traditions of Winthrop University

Traditions often take the form of rituals or events, but in their essence, traditions are stories and experiences that connect a large group of people across generations. We all become a part of a community through the stories and experiences that unite us, regardless of race, gender or creed.

The Garnet & Gold
Traditions Challenge
Traditions tracking form


The Garnet & Gold

Winthrop has a long history of traditions, and this book, The Garnet & Gold, presents you with the opportunity to become aware of Winthrop's history and shape its future.

A student committee composed of members of the Student Alumni Council and Winthrop Ambassadors created The Garnet & Gold as a comprehensive guide to the history and traditions of Winthrop for the entering freshman class, the campus community and alumni.



Traditions Challenge

The Garnet and Gold logoTraditions unite each Winthrop experience and create community among students and alumni. As you engage in student life at Winthrop, take part in the Traditions Challenge, a unique program that promotes participation in our most cherished Winthrop traditions. The Garnet and Gold is your guide to building and identifying lasting traditions, tracking their completion and earning distinction as a Traditions Champion.

Keep track of the traditions you complete by snapping a fun photo of yourself participating in the activity or keeping a souvenir (e.g., a ticket stub) to verify you completed the tradition. The Garnet & Gold has a tracking sheet on page 33 to record the traditions you complete. The Student Alumni Council will host Tradition Tracking days each semester, where you can submit your completed traditions to the Morgan-Holcombe Alumni Center. Your level of participation will determine the recognition you earn, and the Office of Alumni Relations will acknowledge your accomplishments with a commemorative gift for each completed level.

Take the challenge now! Submit your completed traditions using the traditions tracking form.

Traditions Challenge recognition