Student Events

College is more than schoolwork; K wants students to strike a healthy balance between their academic and social lives. The Office of Student Involvement intentionally makes space for fun by hosting student-organized traditions, events, and off-campus excursions. 

Campus Traditions

Monte Carlo

Named after the casino in Monaco, K’s Monte Carlo is an extravagant evening where over 70% of the student body gathers in the Hicks Student Center to dress up, take glamorous photos and play casino games with faculty and staff.

K students celebrating D.O.G.L in 1973

Day of Gracious Living

Established in 1974, the Day of Gracious Living symbolizes the importance of cherishing the present. Each year, on a random day in spring, classes are canceled and the College takes students to Lake Michigan for a beach day followed by a party on the quad filled with food, games and music. 

students performing at Afro Fiesta Desi Sol

Afro Fiesta Desi Sol

Students get to share their culture at Afro Desi Sol (AFDS) where ten multicultural student organizations collaborate to stage performances that honor their heritage and share their favorite traditional foods with the entire student body. To add to the festivities, the College decorates the Hicks Student Center with flags and décor that reflect the multitude of identities represented at K. 

Pride Ball

Challenge gender norms at K’s Pride Ball hosted by LGBTQ+ organizations on campus. Featuring drag performers, student fashion shows and great music, the Pride Ball is a celebration of queerness open to the whole campus community. 

K dance team posing with their decorated golf cart

Homecoming Week

Celebrate our athletics teams and the legacy of K students by participating in Homecoming traditions, featuring college events like the charity Car Smash, Tug of War Competition and Golf Cart Parade. Homecoming week culminates in a lively afterparty for current students filled with music, dancing, karaoke and games. 

two K students playing on an inflatable gladiator game

De-Stress Fest

To relieve stress before finals, the College throws an End of Term De-Stress Fest where students are invited to take a break from their studies to relax on the quad. With inflatable playhouses, food trucks and music—it is always a great party! 

Weekly College Events

K student singing Karaoke

Wellness Wednesday

Each week we invite students to drop by the Hicks Student Center for some self-care at our Wellness Wednesdays. Often hosted by holistic-minded student organizations, Wellness Wednesdays offer an array of activities to help center and relax students: paint a mural, pot some plants, sing at an open mic, or have fun at our game nights! 

K students painting

Thoughtful Thursday

If Wednesdays are for relaxation, Thursdays are for reflection. Thoughtful Thursday is all about prioritizing intention and mindfulness. Materials and instructions for that week’s craft or meditation will be left out for students to quietly complete at their own pace. 

huge inflatable screen on the quad

Zoo Flick (Friday)

Each Friday, the College hosts an on-campus movie night featuring newly released films selected by the student body. Weather permitting, movies are projected onto a large screen on the quad, and students can enjoy their popcorn and soda while sitting on our arcadian hill.

K student doing acrobatics in the Hicks Student Center

Zoo After Dark (Saturday)

Zoo After Dark is the place to go on a Saturday night! Each week is different; Whether it is playing soccer in an inflatable bumper ball, listening to live performers, or performing in an all-out karaoke party, it is sure to be a blast with great food and fun people 

Off-Campus Excursions

For when you want to break out of the K bubble, join the Office of Student Activities on one of their Beyond the Hive events where they gallivant around Kalamazoo and nearby cities, such as Chicago, Detroit, or Grand Rapids. In the average term, there are five opportunities to get off campus for a free adventure.

  • Ride rollercoasters and get your adrenalin pumping at Cedar Point
  • Get star-struck and attend local performances and shows at the Kalamazoo State Theatre
  • Cheer on our Detroit sports teams at Pistons and Redwings games

You can also go on fun escapades with the Office of Outdoor Programs who—with the help of students—organize events to get off campus and explore the wilderness throughout the term and over breaks. 

  • Spend the afternoon rock climbing right here in Kalamazoo
  • Take a day trip to bike around South Haven and Lake Michigan
  • Go on a coastal sea kayaking adventure over winter break in Georgia