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.
(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 First-year 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.
(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. For many, the feature of the retreat is the First Year students' presentation of "Pyramus and Thisbe" from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is an undying tradition that the First Year 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.