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Student Activities and Traditions

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Christy Rowden, Director of Student Engagement

Our Activities and Traditions

Evangel has been home to thousands of students before you who had great experiences and created timeless traditions that only get better with time.

Within your first few hours at Evangel, you’ll experience our vibrant campus culture and, more importantly, make it a part of your own EU story.


EU Launch is a 5-day experience that welcomes new freshmen and transfer students to the EU community, and igNIGHT signifies the beginning of the new school year for the entire student body. The night before classes start, students march from the residence halls, led by the drum line and cheerleaders, under the clock tower and toward the quad.

There, the university president and the student body president address the EU community, setting the tone for the upcoming year. Students light candles and pass the flame to signify their own unique contributions to the community.

Finally, the university president lights the traditional fire bowl, which represents the coming together of students, faculty, staff, and alumni into one united family committed to helping and encouraging one another. The night ends with fireworks, ice cream, and lots of pictures. You don’t want to miss this one of a kind campus tradition!

Homecoming & Spirit Week

Homecoming at EU isn’t just a time when alumni descend on campus for a weekend of special events. Students are right in the middle of the action. More than just a football game, Homecoming at Evangel holds several days of fun, including:

  • Dress-up days
  • Homecoming Kick-Off Bonfire
  • EU County Fair
  • Pep rally
  • Classroom visits from alumni
  • Special chapel services
  • Homecoming football game where we crown our Homecoming King and Queen at halftime

Of course, the only way you can really understand Homecoming is to experience it for yourself. Once you do, you’ll see why Evangel alumni come back year after year from around the country to celebrate these traditions and the life-long friends they met through them.

Harvest Fest and Spring Fling

Harvest Fest and Spring Fling are student-produced variety shows sponsored by the EU Activities Board (AB) and attended by hundreds of students each semester. Harvest Fest features a new theme each year that drives the whole event, and the Spring Fling Live event closely mirrors a late night talk show. 

Harvest Fest takes place in downtown Springfield at the historic Gillioz Theatre; Spring Fling is held on campus. Each feature sketches, videos, acts, and musical performances, as well as inspiring decor.  

During Harvest Fest, students who attend come in costume according to the theme, so everyone gets in on the fun and creativity of the event. Prizes are given for the best single, couple, and group costumes – chosen by the audience vote. 

Spring Fling is the spring semester’s version of Harvest Fest but it features a host, house band and late night feel. In the earliest years of Evangel history, the event was called Campus Classics and featured an all-campus talent show tied to Homecoming (which was held in early spring). 

Made for More

Made for More is an annual — and highly-anticipated — women’s-only event that focuses on fun, fashion, and identity in Christ. Made for More brings together women across campus and reinforces the importance of having a positive self-image and connection with God and one another.