The Honors Program is not without its traditions. There are several annual events, including weekend retreats, that provide a "time-out" from classes and prove to bring forth many memorable moments for years to come.
Freshman Dessert Social
(August) Held the Sunday evening before the first week of classes in the backyard of Hopkins House, this social welcomes the freshmen class to the Honors family. It's a wonderful way to see new faces and old friends before classes begin.
(September) The second weekend of Fall semester finds the Honors Program members relaxing around beautiful Camp Reed, 40 miles north of Spokane. The retreat begins with the traditional Freshmen and Senior introductions. Beyond that, much of the time is reserved for recreation, including kayaking, boating and swimming on Camp Reed's beautiful lake. Also frequent are volleyball, basketball, soccer, and hiking. Each class (except the Seniors, who finally get to take advantage of their seniority), prepare a meal for all to share during the weekend. The highlight of the retreat is the class skits. Every year, each class prepares a short, original, and hopefully humorous skit. They are performed for the entertainment of all around a campfire on the shores of the lake. S'mores are traditionally enjoyed after the skits.
(December) The Honors Christmas party is a semi-formal Christmas celebration held in Gonzaga's Jundt Art Museum. Honors faculty are invited to this event as well. Fr. Clancy, the program director, is often reported playing Santa Clause and handing out gifts. Carols, gift exchanges, and great food are enjoyed at this festive event.
(Spring Semester) The Bozarth Retreat is held at the Bozarth Mansion in North Spokane. The retreat offers a great opportunity to socialize, get away from classes, and explore the beautiful Bozarth Mansion and the surrounding grounds. Arguable the feature even of the retreat is the Freshman presentation of Pyramus and Thisbe from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is an undying tradition that the Freshman class performs their own special rendition for the rest of the program.
(April) The final event of the year, held on the last Sunday in April, is a brunch to honor the graduating seniors. Each senior gives a short presentation of their Honors Thesis to the rest of the program and presents a tidbit of his or her life-wisdom to the rest of the Honors students.