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Campus Activities

Plays, films, lectures, performances, athletic events, social events, outings — there are dozens of activities at Roanoke each week. 

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  • Young men gather around a picnic table

    FOTQ (Friday on the Quad) happens every Friday of first semester, weather permitting. FOTQ brings students, faculty and the rest of the campus community together for a barbeque-style buffet to celebrate our beautiful Virginia weather, food, entertainment and friends.

  • Family Weekend is a chance for families to visit and see what life is like at Roanoke College. They can attend classes, meet with an academic advisor, and discuss internship and mentoring opportunities with Career Services. Of course, there is also fun to be had, including a BBQ buffet at Friday on the Quad, athletic match-ups and dozens of other events.     

  • Performer stands on colorfully lit stage with audience in front of the stage

    In 2019, B.o.B played a memorable concert in Bast Gym for almost 800 students. Over the years, popular artists such as Kanye West, John Mayer, John Legend, Kelly Pickler, COIN, Wale and Asher Roth have also played on campus. In 2016, Wacka Flocka Flame played a legendary concert with almost 1,300 students in attendance.

  • Students and mascot cheer at athletic event

    Maroon Madness kicks off the basketball season every year. At this high-energy event, basketball team members, coaches and staff are introduced, then fun and games begin with relay races, dunking contests, a three-pointer contest and half-court shot, with awesome prizes for the winners. Free t-shirts are handed out to the first students in line.

  • Three people in historic costumes

    The History Department helps us celebrate the College's history each year with this unique event. Faculty, staff and students dress up in period attire during the day; that night, the department hosts a party on College Avenue with a bonfire and karaoke. 

  • Students smiling and dancing

    The President's Ball is a semi-formal event held every November that allows the whole campus community to get together and have a little fun. The event features several live bands and DJs, great food, and a cash bar. The event inspires students to dress up and come for a magical night of music and fun.

  • A group of young men and women pose together

    The 100 Days Party is held annually for all seniors who are over age 21. It's a night of socializing with classmates, dancing, singing karaoke and enjoying refreshments. All beer is free with a $5 donation to the Senior Class Fund.  This party is held on 100 days before graduation, when seniors can officially start their graduation countdown!

  • Alumni Weekend brings Roanoke alumni back to their alma mater for alumni recognition events including the Society of 1842 luncheon and Roanoke College Medalist induction; the Athletic Hall of Fame induction; and, of course, all of the fun activities you'd expect for class reunions and homecoming!

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2024, commemorates Juneteenth, the day that marked the end of all African-American slavery in the U.S.

    June 20, 2024
    11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Wortmann Ballroom

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  • A family-friendly event for students, staff, administrators, and faculty with outdoor activities focused on suburban wildlife.

    June 27, 2024
    7 - 8:30 p.m.

    The Environment Center, Elizabeth Campus

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