Traditions Day activities begin on a Wednesday night in April with the candle walk. The candle walk starts at the fountain at Reunion Plaza, where people receive candles to hold while walking through campus. The walk is led by students of SAS, and the group stops at the major buildings on campus to learn a fact about the campus and WPI. It is a great way to learn about the history of WPI and the ground on which it stands.
Thursday is a fun-filled day of events that everybody can participate in. The day begins with two of the day.s three rivalry events being held on the football field. The pennant rush is the first event. This involves freshman and sophomores running back and forth from the center to the end of the field picking up WPI pennants along the way. The class that gathers the most pennants wins that event.
Cage ball is the second event of the day. In this event, a large ball (as tall or taller than most people) is placed in the center of the field while the freshman and sophomores each wait at either end of the field. When the signal is given, each class runs toward the ball and battles to roll the ball into the end zone of the opposite side of the field. The class that reaches the end zone first wins the cage ball event.
The next event on Traditions Day is Jeopardy. In this event, freshman and sophomores play a rousing game of Jeopardy to test their WPI knowledge. After Jeopardy is over, the class that has won the most number of points for the day is rewarded a rivalry point.
The last event on Traditions Day is the Alma Mater Contest which involves campus groups doing a wacky rendition of WPI's Alma Mater. This event is definitely the funniest of the day as most of the groups wear costumes and make their version of the Alma Mater as funny as possible. Who would miss an event with cross-dressing, zombies, and nuns all in the same place?