81 Things to Do Before You Graduate

  • Jonathan Statue
    Rub Jonathan's Nose (Photo Credit: Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

One of SAA’s goals is to keep tradition alive at UConn. To kickstart your journey from UConn student to UConn alum, we’ve put together a list of 81 Things to Do Before You Graduate. This list shows you how to be a student today and a Husky forever, and it honors UConn’s past, present, and future. We hope you’ll enjoy learning about UConn traditions as much as we enjoy creating and preserving them.

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Prove You Bleed Blue

  • Kick off your UConn experience with your class at Convocation
  • Attend a basketball game in Gampel and get on the Jumbotron
  • Take your picture with Jonathan the Mascot
  • Pet Jonathan XV
  • Rub the nose of the Husky statue
  • High-five a football player at “Husky Walk” before a home game
  • Visit the Husky Heritage Sports Museum, located in the Alumni Center
  • Paint the Spirit Rock
  • Tailgate before a home football game
  • Catch a free T-shirt at a sporting event
  • Go to at least one game for every sports team
  • Learn the “UConn Husky” fight song, and sing it at a game
  • Celebrate Jonathan at his annual birthday party, hosted by SAA
  • Stuff-a-Husky with SUBOG or Late Night

Eat Across Campus

  • Sample flavors at the #UConnDairyBar
  • Take part in SUBOG’s One-Ton Sundae during Winter Weekend
  • Eat in every dining hall across campus
  • Grab some friends and visit SUBOG’s Food Truck Festival
  • Visit a food truck like Food for the Pack, UConn Dairy Bar, or Lizzie’s Curbside
  • Have fun with friends at SUBOG’s Moonlight Breakfast
  • Order late-night food from one of the many options in Storrs
  • Wait in line for Dunkin’ in the Union
  • Use your points to buy a snack at one of the cafés on campus
  • Try the annual, limited edition Senior Scoop flavor, only available during spring semester

Prepare for Academic Success

  • Volunteer for a campus research experiment
  • Commit to routine meetings with your advisors and stay on track to graduate
  • Network with a UConn alum
  • Get a LinkedIn consultation or attend a career fair through the Center for Career Development
  • Hunt for a table in the library during finals week
  • Get to know your professors during designated office hours
  • Visit the W and Q Centers in the library for a little extra help
  • Explore the many study nooks around campus to find your favorite
  • Take a UNIV 1820 or Special Topics course to learn about something you find interesting
  • Consider joining a Learning Community to learn with students who share your interests

Get More from Storrs

  • Watch from the crowd or “sing” your heart out at SUBOG’s Homecoming Lip Sync Competition
  • Go to a performance or lecture at Jorgensen or another theater on campus
  • Take a stroll to Downtown Storrs to discover shopping, dining, and fun
  • See a movie in the Student Union Theatre, hosted by SUBOG
  • Spend your Friday or Saturday evening at Late Night
  • Get your gear at the UConn Bookstore
  • See your favorite performers at a SUBOG comedy show, concert, or the UCONNIC Music Festival
  • Rock out to a campus a cappella group
  • Take part in Family Weekend
  • Visit the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
  • Get a T-shirt from Ted’s on your 21st birthday
  • Watch or march in the homecoming parade, and then enjoy the SUBOG carnival afterward
  • Participate in a meeting or program at the Alumni Center
  • Attend an event through each of the Cultural Centers & Programs: African American Cultural Center, Asian American Cultural Center, Middle Eastern Cultural Programs, Native American Cultural Programs, Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center, Rainbow Center, and Women’s Center
  • Get to know your RA through a program in your residence area
  • Engage in a meaningful service activity through Community Outreach
  • Visit the “Little Stone House” across from Swan Lake

Be Involved

  • Join a student organization after visiting the fall and spring involvement fairs
  • Run for or vote in a campus election
  • Follow @UConn on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube
  • Travel somewhere new through Experiential Global Learning or an alternative break with Community Outreach
  • Meet the UConn President Maric and follow her on Instagram @UConnPres
  • Learn about fraternity and sorority life and find out if it’s for you
  • Donate to a student group through Ignite
  • Get mentioned in The Daily Campus
  • Tune into WHUS on 91.7FM and UCTV on Channel 14
  • Have fun at a campus event or program you found by following @uconnstudentactivities on Instagram
  • Play on a Club Sport or Intramural Team
  • Make something new at the UConn Innovation Zone
  • Attend a Group Fitness class at UConn Rec

Become a Husky Forever

  • Get muddy and play OOzeball with SAAduring Spring Weekend
  • Fundraise and participate in HuskyTHON dance marathon for Connecticut Children’s
  • Sled or picnic on Horsebarn Hill
  • Relax at Sunset Yoga on Horsebarn Hill
  • Ride a UConn bus across campus
  • Grab a coffee at the Benton and view the art
  • Try to avoid getting a parking ticket…but if you do, try to appeal it!
  • Receive a care package from friends or family
  • Ascend the Climbing Wall at UConn Rec
  • Explore Depot Campus including the Four Arrows Challenge Course and shopping at the Surplus Store
  • Visit Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford, or Waterbury to experience a regional campus
  • Trek up Busby Hill
  • Have your senior portrait taken for the Nutmeg Yearbook
  • Take a picture in front of the UConn gateway sign…if you’re in a cap and gown that’s even better!
  • Proudly sport your UConn Senior button
  • Celebrate your upcoming graduation at the Senior Send-Off
  • Thank everyone who made your college experience possible
  • Tradition never graduates but you do. While you walk across the stage during Commencement, proudly remember: Students Today, Huskies Forever!


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