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Florida Memorial University: History and Traditions

A Wealth of Tradition

With a heritage spanning 130 years, Florida Memorial University has a wealth of traditions and commemorative activities that keep our history alive. Some you might expect; others are unique and legendary. Still others remain unwritten. Together, they create a richly unique Florida Memorial experience, enhancing your memories, and banding us together as Lions. Here are just a few Florida Memorial traditions you can look forward to:

Baccalaureate Service

Rooted in the University’s Baptist foundation, this religious observance precedes the annual Commencement ceremony each April, bringing graduates, their families, and friends together in worship, song, and prayer.

Founders’ Day Convocation

An annual tribute to the University’s luminary pioneers and historic achievements. The University’s highest awards, the Nathan W. Collier Meritorious Service Award and the Sarah A. Blocker Meritorious Service Award, are bestowed upon two deserving students.

Graduates Banquet

Held in April just before Commencement, this formal event recognizes graduates with a formal dinner, ceremony, and entertainment.

Greek Step Show and Concert

Stomps, pride, chants, and style. Followed by some of the hottest popular music acts around.

Homecoming Week

A celebration for students, alums, and all, including an intercollegiate men’s basketball game, Greek step show, concerts, Black History Month, and many other events.

Honors and Awards Day

An annual event celebrating students for their academic excellence and efforts in the classroom.

Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival

For more than a decade, this highly-anticipated February festival has presented both famous and emerging jazz talents, and promoted Florida Memorial’s fully accredited music program. It is named for Miami-based international trumpeter, Melton Mustafa, director of the University’s Jazz Studies Program.

Miss Florida Memorial University

A royal coronation held in October to celebrate the outstanding achievements of one Florida Memorial student and her court of campus kings and queens.

President’s Scholarship Banquet

An annual and festive occasion featuring a renowned guest to close the Founders’ Day Convocation weekend. Proceeds benefit the President’s Scholarship Fund for needy and deserving students.

Religious Enrichment Week

A Campus Ministry spring event to promote faith, education, and enlightenment on campus and in the community. Local and regional pastors, choirs, and congregations visit the University throughout the week’s activities.