Framingham State University is organizing its first ever Winter Festival to coincide with this year’s Winter Commencement activities.
“The new Winter Festival is a great opportunity for the campus to come together as a community and celebrate the season,” President Timothy Flanagan said. “Having it coincide with Winter Commencement is a natural fit.”
The Festival will take place the weekend of February 3-5. Events will include ice skating, a ski trip, a snow sculpture contest, a faculty versus students basketball game, movie showings and more.
The Winter Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday morning. Graduate and undergraduate students who completed their degree requirements during the summer and fall will officially receiver their diplomas. This year’s commencement speaker is Professor Emeritus Thomas Koshy. Dr. Koshy has taught mathematics at Framingham State for more than 40 years and has developed several courses within the department. Among the many honors Dr. Koshy has received over the years are the 2007 Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award, the Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance in 1988, and the Distinguished Service Award in 1984.
The Winter Festival will kick off on Friday, February 3, with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Honors House at 22 Adams Road. The house will serve as the dedicated location for FSU’s growing Honors Program, which is now a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program.
The festival will run throughout the weekend, culminating with a viewing of the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 5, at 6 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum.
A full schedule of events is below:
Honors House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – 2 p.m., 22 Adams Road
Ice Skating and Fire Pit – 5 p.m., North Hall Backyard
SUAB Annual Semi-Formal Dance – 7 PM at Sheraton Hotel
Ski Trip – 5 PM - 11 PM at Wachusett Mountain (Sign up in the Game Room starting on Jan. 23)
BSU Spoken Word/Poetry - 7 PM in the McCarthy Center Forum
Winter Commencement – 10 a.m., DPAC (ticket required)
Snow Sculpture Competition – 2 p.m. judging at 4 p.m., North Hall Backyard
Faculty/Staff vs. Students Basketball Game – 3 p.m., Athletic Center
Basketball Free Throw Competition – 3:30 p.m., Athletic Center
Ice Skating and Fire Pit – 4 p.m., North Hall Backyard
Bingo – 7 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum
Moonlight Breakfast - 10 PM - 12AM in the Dining Commons
Movie Madness - 10:30 PM - 1:30 AM
10:30 PM - Moneyball (PG-13)
12:30 AM - The Hangover Part 2 (R)
Black History Jazz Brunch – 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dining Commons
Family Fun Day – Noon, McCarthy Center Forum
Movie Madness - 2 p.m., DPAC (kid feature)
Puss in Boots (PG)
Movie Madness – 4 p.m., DPAC
Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG-13)
Football on the Big Screen – 6 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum