During the spring semester, classes are cancelled for one day to allow Simpson students and faculty to celebrate Campus Day. Founded in 1889, Campus Day is a long-standing tradition that encourages everyone to participate in the community service projects both on and off campus.
The Simpson community unites to mark the beginning and end of each school year. Fall Convocation kicks off the year with a formal celebration, and spring's Honors Convocation salutes students who have excelled in the classroom, on the field and in the community.
Lessons and Carols
Complete with readings and hymns in a candle-lit Smith Chapel, Simpson's traditional English Christmas celebration, Lessons and Carols, has been a Simpson custom since the 1970s. The Iowan magazine named the service one of it's favorite Iowa Christmas traditions.
Many students and parents are happy to learn that once you pull up to campus to unload everything you'll need for the upcoming year, Simpson's sorority, fraternity and residence life communities are ready to roll up their sleeves and help you with the move. Members of the Simpson Community grab your boxes, couches and suitcases and take them to your room for you - saving you lots of time and officially starting your exciting Simpson Experience!
Watch your step! Walking on the Simpson seal embedded in the sidewalk outside College Hall is considered bad luck. It's believed those who step on the seal will fail their next test. Countless students sidestep, hop and jump the seal as they walk through campus, especially during finals week.
Walking Through the Gates
As the college kicks off the new year each fall, the freshman class walks through the red brick gates in front of College Hall to start their Simpson Experience. In late spring, the senior class ceremoniously marches through the same gates, symbolizing a full circle journey on graduation day.
Yell Like Hell
During Homecoming each year, students pack into Cowles Field House to show off their Simpson pride during Yell Like Hell pep rally, where campus groups compete fiercely against each other for the best stomp/cheer routine.