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CELEBRATE! is Elon's annual, weeklong celebration of student achievements in academics and the arts.

CELEBRATE! 2014 will be held April 28 - May 3, 2014. Please see the links to the left to find the schedule of events. We will also be adding links below of coverage of the many CELEBRATE! events.

The Spring Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) has been an Elon tradition since 1993. The annual Awards Day Ceremony sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) has been a spring tradition recognizing exemplary achievements in academics and service since 1979. Since 2006, CELEBRATE! has brought together SURF, ODK and other events in a weeklong celebration. 

Each year, hundreds of Elon University students are involved in activities during CELEBRATE! The week includes seminars, presentations, art exhibitions, plays, student showcases, dance and music performances, and much, much more. CELEBRATE! 2014 brings together the stimulation of academic inquiry and scholarly pursuit with the exhilaration of creative expression. 

Beginning in 2008, an event honoring faculty scholarship joined the CELEBRATE! schedule of events. During this event, which occurs on the morning of SURF Day, faculty members from academic departments across campus will join with students to engage you with poster presentations related to their scholarly work.  Scholarship from all across the University will be showcased during this session.  This event is from 9 – 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Student SURF presentations will also take place in McKinnon; students will be available to discuss their posters starting at 9 a.m.    

New in 2014 is a festival to celebrate the Arts & Sciences at Elon.  Join us on Saturday, May 3rd from 2 – 5:30 for “Time Unplugged: A Celebration of the Arts & Sciences at Elon University.”  This will be a fun-filled, educational family and community event.  We encourage everyone to join the festivities at Art West and visit Gallery 406, and then follow the artwork through the sculpture walk up to Young Commons, where you’ll find a wide array of activities.  Archeological excavation and science education activities for children of all ages will be featured on Young Commons.  (We hear there may be some reptiles involved.)  Soundscapes will be shared in the Center for the Arts.  Percussion music, performed by Elon and community musicians, will be shared all around Lake Mary Nell.  Students and faculty from the English department will share how their creative writing moves us to a greater appreciation of the environment and its finite supply.   Costume designs developed from recycled materials will be displayed, and anthropological insights into the social construction of time will be shared.  In addition to these and other Elon generated events, local community artists will also be on-hand, bringing their talents and showcasing their work – sculpture, painting, bonsai trees, instrument design, etc.  We are thrilled to have them join us!  There is no ticket required to join in the daytime festivities on May 3rd.  A suggested donation of a nonperishable food item is encouraged to support Campus Kitchen and Allied Churches.  We will be collecting these items in the parking lot in front of Arts West. 

The evening of May 3rd will be capped off by the President’s Music Gala at 7:30pm.  Tickets for the Gala will be available through the University Box Office in the spring.  This concert is a must-see! 

Mark your calendars, support the work of your peers and colleagues, learn, engage, enjoy...celebrate!

For more information on CELEBRATE! week, contact:


2014 Celebrate! News

CELEBRATE! Coverage Archive