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Please remember to fill out advanced registration for Sophomore Kickoff and Convocation! Visit this site along with your Lehigh email regularly for information throughout the summer.


Sophomore Kickoff - Day 1

Join us for a sneak peak of the Goodman Stadium, games, food, and giveaways at the Sophomore Kickoff! This is a chance to get together with fellow sophomores, socialize, and attend The Rally following this event. See the details below and don't forget to register.

  • Date: Saturday, August 21st 
  • Time: 5:30-7:30pm
  • Location: Goodman Stadium
  • Register here


The Rally

The Rally began in 1945, when the Class of 1899 held a celebratory event at which they “adopted” the Class of 1949. Since then, The Rally has grown into a multi-faceted celebration where first-year students are adopted by the alumni who matriculated at Lehigh 50 years prior.

Alumni representatives return to campus to carry their class flags at The Rally. When the flags aren't in use, they decorate the hallways of the Alumni Memorial Building, with the four current undergraduate classes' flags displayed in the atrium. The oldest surviving original class flag is from the Class of '89 – 1889.

Each entering class is represented by an official class flag, which features the class's graduation year and colors. The flag is presented to the class at The Rally, held each fall as the first official gathering of an incoming class. A class will have the same colors and flag design as their “adopting class” – the class that is 50 years their senior.

  • Date: Saturday, August 21st
  • Time: 8:00pm
  • Location: UC Front Lawn


Sophomore Kickoff - Day 2

Join us for a series of workshops specifically for sophomore students! Topics like bystander intervention, student involvement, and goal setting; there is something you will enjoy learning more about. Utilize the registration link for Sophomore Kickoff Day 1 and let us know what you are interested in attending!

Interested in what workshops are being offered? Click here!

  • Date: Sunday, August 22nd
  • Time: 12-5pm
  • Location: Neville

* See registration link for Sophomore Kickoff Day 1.


University Convocation

At Lehigh, University Convocation signifies the start to the academic year. This is an annual campus tradition where students can begin to build a lasting connection to our academic community.

  • Date: Thursday, August 26th
  • Time: 5:00pm
  • Location: Zoellner Arts Center, Baker Hall
  • Register here


SophoMORE Escape

The SophoMORE Escape is a chance for YOU (students in their second year at Lehigh) to explore who you want to be beyond the "Lehigh bubble."  This is a jumping off point for creating a road-map for your sophomore year leading you toward the realization of your passion. It is a 3-day retreat at Camp Canadensis in the Poconos that provides a chance to participate in discussions and activities with your peers, relax off-campus, and engage in meaningful self-reflection. 

  • Date: Friday, September 10th - Sunday, September 12th
  • Location: Camp Canadensis