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Avila Traditions


Mass of the Holy Spirit

The Mass of the Holy Spirit is an annual tradition that is held at the beginning of every academic year to bring the community together to call upon God's Spirit for inspiration for the upcoming year.


Avila kicks off the school year with a party! Students, faculty and staff come together to enjoy a free lunch and then browse more than 60 student organizations' booths where you can play games and win prizes.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every October, the student organization Peers Educating Avila about Counseling and Health (PEACH) raffles off pumpkins that Avila employees/students have donated to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Eagle Madness

Eagle Madness is a pep rally held the Friday of homecoming weekend. Games, food, music and performances entertain the crowd before the fall sports teams are welcomed.

Heritage Day

The Advancement office acknowledges donors who have named Avila in their estate plans through a mass accompanied by a choral performance by Avila University Singers and complimentary luncheon.


Homecoming features numerous events, culminating in the crowing of homecoming king and queen during halftime of the homecoming football game.

Harmony Month

Diversity is an important component of the Avila community. During Harmony Month, students, faculty and staff participate in an ethnic food festival by providing dishes from their country of origin to share with the Avila community.

Steer Dinner

Avila holds an annual Steer Dinner & Auction to raise scholarship funds. Steer 2015 raised over $1 million for scholarships that changed the lives of many students.

Spring Fling

Students, faculty and staff break into teams and compete in relay races for a chance to win prizes. There is a cookout, carnival, concert and much more.

Student Scholar Day

A day for seniors to present their final portfolios and exhibits, display their posters and demonstrate their expertise with oral presentations to faculty judges and their peers.

Stress Relief Week

Held twice a year the week before finals, Stress Relief Week helps students relax and take a well-deserved break. Massages, donuts, smoothies, late night finals breakfast, yoga classes, service opportunities and more are part of this special week!

Sending Ceremony

Held the evening before graduation, seniors receive a medallion with an inscribed Avila seal. The flame represents the values Avila community members hold and the commitment to live out those values.

Alumni at Last Bash

Seniors receive an Alumni T-shirt, snacks and beverages to welcome them to the 13,000-member Alumni Association.


Graduates participate in a commencement ceremony, where they receive their diplomas, listen to engaging speakers and get one last chance to say goodbye to their professors.

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Arts at Avila: The Diary of Anne Frank

the diary of anne frank

the diary of anne frank
The Diary of Anne Frank 
By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
November 15, 16, 17 & 18

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Transfer to Avila this Spring

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transfer to avila this spring

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Avila University Career & Internship Fair

Avila University Career & Internship Fair

career & internship fair

November 14 • 11 a.m. –  5 p.m. • Mabee Fieldhouse

Network with various employers to take the next step in your career. Resume building and free professional headshots will be available. This event is open to Avila students, alumni and the community-at-large.

Register for the Career & Internship Fair >

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