Student Leadership & Engagement

Programs & Traditions

Fall Festival

This annual Hofstra tradition welcomes the entire Hofstra community to campus for a fun-filled weekend of events. We hope you are able to join us. For more information, go to the Fall Festival main page.

Pride Expo

On the Saturday of the Fall Festival, student organizations come together to show off interactive booths that revolve around a common theme. The theme is voted on by the students via Hofstra’s social media pages. Once voting has ended, student organizations work on constructing their booths, showing off their creativity, while raising awareness and funds for a philanthropy of the group's choice. We invite all attendees of Fall Fest – alumni, parents, families, and students – to attend the Pride Expo and see the creativity of our students!

Hofstra's Pride Court

All Hofstra University seniors are invited to submit their candidacy for participation in the annual Pride Court. The Pride Court showcase typically takes place at 8 p.m. on the Friday of Fall Fest weekend. On the main stage on Saturday, our four Hofstra Royalty members are announced based on audience votes taken at the showcase. For information on how to apply, email

Annual Programming

September Welcome

Hofstra University is thrilled to welcome new and returning students with a month-long September Welcome event. September Welcome starts with Welcome Week featuring fireworks, athletic events, and the Blue and Gold Bash, and concludes with our annual Fall Festival – Hofstra's alumni, student, and family weekend. Also included in the month is Academic Welcome Week, which provides students with the opportunity to interact with faculty members outside of the classroom environment.

September 11th Remembrance Ceremony

Each year we remember those who lost their lives, those whose lives were saved, and all those whose lives were changed forever by the tragedies that occurred on September 11th. We invite all members of the Hofstra community to join us for the service. Information each year is listed in HofNews on HofCasts through This Week @ Hofstra, and distributed by Alumni Affairs. 

Hofstra Celebrates the Holidays

This Hofstra tradition works to celebrate and educate the Hofstra community about the various holidays and traditions that are celebrated worldwide. Student clubs and organizations paint the Student Center's main dining room windows to display their interpretation of these events. They also create crafts at each window and invite local groups, such as the Hempstead Boys and Girls Club, to join them and enjoy the windows while interacting with Hofstra students through various fun activities.


This series of events work to limit the stress of students while studying for their final exams. The events encourage students to take a break, relax a little, and recharge their batteries during this often stressful time. Events include yoga and massage sessions, games, and art activities. Click here for more resources to help you de-stress at Hofstra!

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