Please see a complete, updated list of Georgia College Traditions at www.gcsu.edu/studentlife/traditions.htm
Some of our oldest and dearest traditions include:
The picturesque front lawn of Georgia College bordered by Corinthian column buildings is a popular gathering space for students, faculty, staff and alumni. The front campus is home to leisure activities, convocations, graduations, outdoor concerts, and even weddings. Periodically, our faculty teach in this beautiful outdoor classroom. The front lawn is a special place and is identified by our alumni as one of their favorite memories of Georgia College.
The dome structure between Atkinson and Terrell Halls is a pergola and serves as both a Georgia College landmark and symbol. A pergola is a linear structure over a pathway, and its columns form something of a "colonnade." Before freshman convocation, new students walk through the pergola, symbolically entering the university and its academic square. On graduation day students walk under the pergola in the other direction, processing out to the front lawn for the commencement ceremony, thereby symbolically leaving the university.
The Georgia College Fight Song - "Here Comes the Thunder"
Composed by: Terrance J. Brown
Lyrics by: Marcus Green, Paul Rossetti
Download - Instrumental (mp3)
Download - Voice (mp3)
On July 13, 1996, 25,000 gathered on the university front lawn to celebrate the arrival of the olympic torch as it made its way to the Centennial Olympic Games. The Corinthian column next to the flagpole adorned the stage on which the torch ceremony was conducted. Today, the column stands in honor of the olympic spirit of excellence and its flame is lighted for special campus observances.