Alma Mater

In 1956, Meredith Willson (writer of award-winning musicals "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" and "The Music Man") visited Hanover and, inspired by the "jewel-box" campus, wrote a melody for a new alma mater. Mrs. Katharine Parker, wife of then-president Albert G. Parker, slightly modified the poem she had written for the verse to better fit them to Wilson's tune. Click on the link below to see the words to all three versions of our alma mater, as well as to those of Hanover's "Fight Song."

Hanover College Alma Maters (PDF)

Campus Traditions

Alumni Senior Banquet – A formal dinner held in Winter Term sponsored by the Alumni Association. Alumni/Senior Awards are presented to honor seniors who have excelled in the areas of scholarship and service.
Annual Snowball Fight – On the night of the first significant snowfall students head to The Quad for the Annual Snowball Fight.
August Experience – The week before classes begin is dedicated to the orientation of the incoming first-year class. Students move into the residence halls, participate in numerous activities to acclimate them to their new home, and even begin taking their first class.
Candle Lights – When a sorority member is lavaliered, pinned, or engaged a ceremony is held. A lighted candle is passed around the circle of house residents while the "Alma Mater" or Greek song is sung, until the candle reaches the one with the exciting news.
Casino Night – A night of fun games and prizes donated by local businesses to assist first year students in learning about the community just outside Hanover's campus is held every fall in the Donner Lecture Hall.
Christmas Concert & Dinner – A special time of year at Hanover is when Christmas is near. Students look forward to the special dinner hosted in the Campus Center and the beautiful musical concert performed by the Hanover College Choir and select students from the Hanover College Concert Band.
Coed "Kissing" Rock – A large rock at The Point overlooking the Ohio River. It is tradition for a couple who kisses at the rock to be married.
Faculty Commencement Line – At the end of the commencement ceremony each year, faculty members form a two-sided receiving line through which the graduates pass. The faculty as a whole offers its congratulations and best wishes to the newest Hanover alumni.
Fall Convocation – An all-campus convocation held during the first week of classes in the fall. The senior class members, in their caps and gowns for the first time, and the incoming first year class march into the ceremony through a two sided line of faculty. The seniors and first year students are charged with their mission for the year.
Frisbee Golf – An activity enjoyed by students as well as the faculty and staff on beautiful days around Hanover's campus. There are a few eighteen "hole" courses around campus. One must ask an upperclassmen to share the courses in order to play correctly.
Gala – A must-not-miss event of the fall that transforms the Science Center for dancing, socializing and food.
Greek Week – A week of activities and competitions between fraternities and sororities.
Halloween Party at the President's House – Hanover's newest tradition includes a costume contest, the chance to explore the President's house and all the sweets you care to enjoy.
Hike to the Point – During the August Experience, all first year students, faculty, and staff are invited to hike the biology trail and enter Hanover College in the same fashion as the first students of the College did in the 1800s. A trolley ride is provided for students to the base of the hill and a celebration is held once all have reached the top.
Homecoming – A week-long series of activities in the fall leading up to Homecoming Day for alumni to return to campus to reunite with old classmates. Activities usually include class reunions, competitions sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen, and the annual Homecoming Day Football Game.
Honors Convocation – An all-campus convocation held during Winter Term designated to recognized senior students who have received academic and leadership honors and awards. In addition, other outstanding students are also recognized. The Baynham Award for Outstanding Teaching is presented to one faculty member.
International Club Banquet - The international Banquet that occurs every spring offers guests a full course dinner of international food cooked by the international club members, who also color the night with entertainment from around the world.
Last Lecture Series – Mortar Board, Hanover's National Senior Honor Society, presents an invitational lecture series in which a member of the faculty gives a talk that represents what they would say if this were to be their last opportunity to address the College community. Topics offer a unique opportunity to enrich the College experience.
Late Night Breakfast – On the Sunday Night before finals week, students from across campus come together in Campus Center Dining Room for a special breakfast served by their faculty, staff, and administrators. Students enjoy this well-deserved break to hang out with friends and enjoy entertainment provided by the Campus Activities Board.
Late Night Runs – As students stay up well into the night for studying and hanging out, local establishments are open to meet the students' needs. Numerous trips are taken yearly to Hinkle's, a local restaurant well known for their burgers, cheesy fries, and milk shakes. Students also make the trek to Taco Bell and Wal-Mart to fill their needs in the late night hours.
Open Forums – In response to students' desire to have open dialogue with administration, monthly forums sponsored by Student Senate are held with the deans. Students have the opportunity to bring forth topics they would like to learn more about and when a large topic of interest is raised on the college campus, the forum is in place for student/administration interaction.
Relay for Life – The nationally know philanthropic event to sponsored to raise funding for the American Cancer Society is hosted by the College's Against Cancer student organization. The twelve hour fundraiser consists of students walking laps for donations, activities and games, a survivor ceremony, and luminary ceremony for survivors and those who have unfortunately lost the battle with cancer.
The Run – The end of recruitment for Greek houses is marked by The Run. New affiliates run to their respective new houses to accept their recently awarded invitation called "bids."
The Shoebox – Established in the fall of 2004, The Shoebox is the restaurant/bar located on Hanover's campus. This student run and operated business provides the campus community with an alternative dining option, while providing a relaxing, social atmosphere. Students can be found enjoying wings or potato skins while watching the game on the big screen.
Serenades – Singing sessions where Greek House & Residence Hall members travel as groups to other houses to celebrate the acceptance of new pledges, engagements, or other special activities. During Homecoming Week, groups perform serenades as a part of the week-long competitive events.
Spirit Rock - Campus organizations take turns painting spirit rock in front of the Horner Center with positive artwork or messages that can promote an event or simply display pride in their alma mater. The spirit rock was the 2014 senior class gift.
Wake Up & Live – A weekend long spring festival intended to mimic an intentional community. This eye-opening experience is sponsored by People for Peace, Hanover's student organization dedicated to discussing the issue of non-violence.
Welcome Back Picnic – Students, faculty and staff alike come together for a kick-off to the year.
Wiffleball – Students claim that Spring Term is the best time on campus because of Wiffleball. The three week long tournament, sponsored by the fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha, is a time for students to have a blast on campus while raising money for charity. Students, faculty, and staff gather together teams to compete.

Hanover Alums

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