May Celebrations

Northwestern's May Celebrations

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Northwestern has a long tradition of celebrations occurring in the month of May. These began in the late 1800s as ceremonies celebrating the Dance of Father Time and procession of the May Queen. In the early twentieth century, women's groups hosted ceremonies to recognize and honor noted students, which later expanded to include events for men's groups as well. By the 1960s and '70s, these gave way to parties thrown by campus Greek organizations and arts festivals. These numerous events eventually merged into the present-day Mayfest and Dillo Day.

Early Celebrations
Later Celebrations



Exhibit constructed by Stephen Rettger | | Last updated 5/20/2009