Beloved Traditions

Two girls riding a tandem bike during Homecoming weekend at Merrimack College.

Who doesn’t love traditions?! We all have them, and as a Warrior you have a chance to add a few more to your list! Merrimack is full of traditions that students, faculty, family, and alumni all participate in. Explore our favorites below!

Block Party

What better way to say welcome back to campus than with free giveaways, food trucks, and fireworks?! The Fall Block Party kicks off the semester and welcomes all students, faculty/staff, and families to celebrate the new academic year. 



Macktoberfest kicks off Homecoming Weekend with a performance from the dance team and marching band, free food, and live music from local artists. Stop by for tasty treats, fun giveaways, and get hyped for homecoming weekend! 


Homecoming Weekend

Show your family and home friends what being a Warrior is all about! Attend one, or all, of our athletic events going on, but definitely don’t miss the football game on Saturday! Students and families tailgate before the game, and inside the stadium you’ll find food and a beer garden for anyone 21+. Merrimack’s Homecoming Weekend brings our community together and shows off that “We Are One” mentality! 


Mack Gives Back

Being a Warrior means giving back to our community. Mack Gives Back is a long-lasting tradition commemorating two days of significance in Merrimack’s history—Veterans Day and St. Augustine’s birthday. Mack Gives Back transitioned to providing meals to nearby food pantries and soup kitchens. We partnered with the Outreach Program, a meal packaging nonprofit that delivered food directly to Merrimack’s campus. 


Light and Hope

A Warrior favorite, Light & Hope marks the beginning of the holiday season at Merrimack. Come and join us as we light the tree and enjoy winter festivities such as ice skating, horse-drawn carriage rides, live musical performances, and more! 


Cram Jam

Take a break from studying for finals and grab some late-night breakfast food! Cram Jam is a tradition that takes place during finals week each semester, with games, giveaways and great food that satisfies those late-night cravings. Some Warriors shared their favorite part of Cram Jam:  

“My favorite memory at Cram Jam is the Massage chairs! I can’t wait to go this year and get my free massage!” Amelia ‘23

“I made a snow globe one year! My friends and I had our picture taken and we made it the background pic for our globe!” Hailey ‘23


Spring Concert

The Spring Concert is an amazing tradition Merrimack has. It’s a live concert just for Merrimack Students. Last year Jason Derulo came and performed for us, right on campus! In the past we’ve had artists from, Lil Baby, to Flo Rida, to Fetty Wap. Students get to vote on who they want to see.  You can be a part of making your favorite artist come perform! 


Merrimack is full of lively traditions that keep our community excited for what’s to come. We hope to see you celebrating all of our traditions! Go Warriors!

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