Traditions & Values with Julia

Segment #5 from High Point University


Meet Julia, a graduate student earning her Master’s in Biomedical Sciences from Northbrook, Illinois. High Point University was founded in 1924. That means 2024 marks 100 years of HPU. 100 years of rich traditions, values and academic excellence. Traditions like contributing 500,000 service hours annually or starting the school year off with a legendary Derby Day campus wide party. Take it away, Julia.

– Thanks for the introduction, Alex. When choosing a school, I was looking for a place that had the same values with which I was raised and one that was filled with tradition. High Point University proudly showcases that they are a God, family and country university. This was extremely important to me as I have several family members who have served in the military. When I stepped foot onto campus, I immediately knew I had found the perfect school. It’s not just a marketing slogan. I can see it and feel across campus and so will you. There are over 140 American flags on campus. HPU’s values are also modeled through our traditions. Each year they host a Veteran’s Day breakfast for over 1,000 veterans and students volunteer for it as a way to show our appreciation. At our graduation and convocation ceremonies. Students are presented with HPU blankets to give to someone who has had a significant impact in their life. There’s even a bald eagle that soars above the crowd at both ceremonies, symbolizing the American ideals of free enterprise, independence, and the ability to pursue opportunities. As for traditions, each year students look forward to running into President Qubein, and getting giant candy bars from him on both Halloween and Valentine’s Day and one of my favorite traditions is our Last Day Of Class Carnival, an event for students to celebrate the end of the year. I couldn’t find another school that proudly displayed their values and held such honor in their traditions. HPU Excels at both. This is what made HPU become my home away from home as the values with which I was raised are continuously encouraged, and that they’re not only said but modeled across campus. I am so proud to be part of the HPU family. That’s all for me. Back to you, Alex.

– That was great to hear. HPU’s traditions are deeply rooted into the campus community and it’s great to see students taking part in all of it, giving back to the area, veterans, and not just saying the values, but displaying them too. Thanks Julia.

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