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

CELEBRATE! 2015 will be held April 27 - May 2, 2015. 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.    

Again we are excited to Celebrate the Arts & Sciences at our festival on May 2nd!  Join us from 9:30 – 3pm  for a fun-filled, educational family and community event.  We encourage everyone to join the festivities on Lakeside Amphitheater and the patio for the Center for the Arts.  We will begin the day with a 5k Run/Walk for H.O.P.E.   This wonderful non-profit organization was started by Elon students who wanted to find a way to do more to support food pantries in Alamance County.  They have partnered with local restaurants and found an innovative way to build a constant stream of funding to support these organizations.  We will host the 5k for H.O.P.E. and raise money to support the great work they do!  The race will kick off on Young Commons at 9:30am.  To register for the race, please visit

Everyone is encouraged to enjoy the festival with family and friends following the 5k.  We will have faculty and students sharing the fun and excitement of their arts and sciences throughout the day.  Activities include an archeological excavation, writing and speaking in world languages and cultures,  exploring poetry, engineering experiments and the opportunity to play brand new computer games developed by Elon students in their course last fall!  In addition we will have music and dance performances from around the world throughout the day, including the opportunity to learn some salsa moves yourself!  There is no ticket required to join in the daytime festivities on May 2nd.  A suggested donation of a nonperishable food item is encouraged to support Campus Kitchen and Allied Churches, just bring your donations to the festival and students will be available to collect them.  We can’t wait to see you there!
The evening of May 2nd will be capped off by the President’s Music Concert at 7:30pm.  Tickets for the Concert 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:

2015 Celebrate! News

2014 Celebrate! News

CELEBRATE! Coverage Archive