Celebrate your #RadfordTraditions

Radford University is hosting celebrations for five important campus traditions!  First-Year Field Day, Halfway There, Junior Twilight, Senior Signing and RUC Zen Fest each mark milestones, recognize accomplishments and ignite Highlander pride in freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students on main campus. And the week will end with a free campus concert in the Dedmon Center!

Between April 1 and April 6, 2024 be sure to get involved in your #RadfordTraditions!

If you are a person with a disability and would need an accommodation for any Traditions Week event, please contact pssmith1@radford.edu by March 22, 2024.

First Year Field Day


First Year Field Day is an event for freshman to celebrate the successful completion of their first year at Radford University! All first-year students are welcome to attend this free event. Attendees will enjoy games, snacks, music, competition and free swag!  You won't want to miss it. Find more information on RUInvolved.

The First Year Field Day will be held on Monday, April 1, 2024 from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Muse Lawn.

Share your photos on social media using #RadfordTraditions and #FieldDay.


Halfway There: A Celebration of Sophomores


The Halfway There Celebration is a university tradition that celebrates sophomore students as they approach the halfway mark to commencement.  This one-day campus event brings together sophomores on the lawn in front of the McConnell Library. Each sophomore is issued a challenge coin that holds the wisdom, well-wishes and promises of the sophomores who came before them. Current sophomores would then speak their own wisdom into that coin and toss it in the Fountain! The final celebration will take place on the Bonnie Plaza. Find more information on RUInvolved.

Every sophomore who participates will also be in the drawing for a $4,000 Presidential Scholarship! 

Halfway There will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the steps of McConnell Library!

Share your coin toss on social media using #RadfordTraditions and #HalfWayThere!


Junior Twilight: It's Your Time Celebration


The Junior Twilight Celebration honors juniors as they prepare to embark on their senior year. This annual campus tradition brings the community together and includes games, prizes, music, and celebration.  Students are asked to share their hopes and commitments for their senior year at Radford University.  Every junior student is issued a custom Radford University keychain that is registered to them and can't be found in any other location! Find more information on RUInvolved.

The Junior Twilight will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Heth Clocks.

Share a photo with your keychain on social media using #RadfordTraditions and #JuniorTwilight!


Senior Block Party: A Celebration of the Class of 2024


The Senior Block Party highlights the accomplishments and future endeavors of senior Highlanders. Students will “sign off” on their next journey, whether that's graduate school, the start of a successful career, joining the military or following their dreams. This one-day event is in partnership with Alumni Relations and the Center for Career and Talent Development. Seniors have the photo taken with the Highlander, decorate graduation caps, pick up cords and stoles, and enjoy a fun time. A very special senior gift is given to every participant. Find more information on RUInvolved.

The Senior Block Party will be held Thursday, April 4, 2024 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Russell Lawn.

Share your photo on social media using #RadfordTraditions, #RadGrad and #SeniorBlockParty!


RUC Spring Renewal


The RUC Spring Renewal highlights the incredible dedication and hard work of all RUC students. This event will be held on the Reid Lawn just down the hill from the campus building. RUC Highlanders will have an opportunity to engage, leave a legacy, celebrate, and get free snacks and a very special gift to commemorate 2024!  Find more information on RUInvolved.

RUC Spring Renewal will be Monday, April 1, 2024 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the Reid Lawn. 

Share your photo on social media using #RadfordTraditions and #SpringRenewal!


Traditions Week Campus Concert

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Traditions Week 2024 will end in a campus concert free to all Radford University students co-sponsored by DAP and R-SPaCE.  Mark your calendar to come out for a spectacular evening at the Dedmon Center on Saturday, April 6, 2024.  Doors will open at 8 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m. 

This year’s headliner is the one-and-only Rico Nasty! Many artists change the game. However, Rico Nasty reinvents, recharges, and reimagines it with every move. Instead, the Washington, D.C.-born and Maryland-raised sonic sorceress shapeshifts at the speed of the culture, infusing airtight rap with uncontainable punk energy, hyperpop unpredictability, industrial intensity, and just the right amount of heavy metal attitude.

Rico Nasty will be joined by opener BigXThaPlug, a deep-voiced Texas rapper with a percussive flow, narrative gravitas, and a keen ear for production!

Students, faculty, and staff must present Radford University OneCard and ticket to enter the Dedmon Center. General Admission ticketing is not available. However, each Radford student and employee is allowed to purchase two guest tickets ($40 per ticket). Guests must present the ticket for entry.  Secure tickets here beginning March 11, 2024: https://radfordactivities.universitytickets.com/w/default.aspx

A free charter bus ride is provided from Roanoke to Radford (and back) for the first 50 RUC students who wish to attend. Bus sign up is located here: https://radford.presence.io/form/ruc-bus-to-dedmon-2024

All persons entering the venue are subject to search. To protect the safety of our students, guests, and staff, the following items are prohibited.

Prohibited Items:

  • Professional cameras (detachable lens) 
  • Recording (audio or video) equipment 
  • Coolers/Containers (unless containing medical supplies)
  • Fireworks / Explosive / Weapons of any kind
  • Vape pens or smoking devices
  • Illegal substances
  • Bags or backpacks (small clutch purses no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches are permitted)
  • Laser pointers
  • Outside food or beverage
  • Animals (except service animals)
  • Selfie sticks
  • Signs, flags, banners
  • Umbrellas
  • Any other item deemed inappropriate by public safety personnel