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 XIV
  • 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 and post a picture of yourself using #UConnTailgate
  • Catch a free T-shirt at a sporting event
  • Go to at least one game for every sports team
  • Learn the words to the UConn Fight Song and sing it at a game

Eat Across Campus

  • Sample flavors like Husky Tracks 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 annual Food Truck Festival during Spring Weekend
  • Visit a food truck like Food for Thought, UConn Dairy Bar, or Lizzie’s
  • Eat a cider donut on a beautiful fall day
  • 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 many 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
  • Meet with your advisors and stay on track to graduate
  • Network with a UConn alum
  • Get a LinkedIn consultation or attend CareerFest through the Center for Career Development
  • Hunt for a table in the library during finals week
  • Attend your professors’ office hours
  • Visit the W and Q Centers in the library for a little extra help
  • Find your favorite study spot on campus
  • Take a UNIV 1820 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

  • Get muddy and play OOzeball during Spring Weekend
  • Fundraise and participate in HuskyTHON dance marathon for Connecticut Children’s
  • 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 build a float for the Homecoming parade, and then enjoy the SUBOG carnival afterward
  • Run in the Huskies Forever 5K
  • Attend an event at each of the cultural centers
  • Get to know your RA through a program in your residence area or a Residence Hall Association (RHA) program
  • Engage in a meaningful service activity through Community Outreach
  • Visit the “Little Stone House” across from Swan Lake

Be Involved

  • Visit the Fall or Spring Involvement Fair
  • Vote in a campus election
  • Meet the UConn President and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @PrezTomKat
  • Travel somewhere new through Education Abroad or an alternative break with Community Outreach
  • Join a student organization
  • Learn about Greek 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
  • Read an AACC Reads book
  • Play on an intramural team
  • Attend an event focused on campus civility and diversity
  • Lobby with UConnPIRG on an issue you support

Become a Husky Forever

  • Sled or picnic on Horsebarn Hill
  • Follow @UConn on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube
  • 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 home
  • Go rock-climbing right on campus
  • Explore Depot Campus including the Four Arrows Challenge Course and shopping at the Surplus Store
  • Visit a regional campus
  • Trek up Busby Hill
  • Attend a BodyWise class
  • 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. Walk across the stage during Commencement and remember: Students Today, Huskies Forever!


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