At University Of Maryland Eastern Shore there are several programs that have became traditional and are looked forward to by students, staff, alumni, and the local community. Among these programs are the annual SpringFest and Open House, Black History Month Convocation, First Look Fair, Student Leadership Retreat, National Women’s History Month Activities, Homecoming, Coronation, and Family Weekend.
SpringFest and Open House
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore hosts its annual SpringFest celebration during the month of April. The Office of Student Experience, working in conjunction with the Offices of Residence Life, and Admissions, and Recruitmen transform the University into a fun filled atmosphere for all prospective students, UMES students, guests, and alumni are treated to an assortment of games, novelties, vendors, music, and food. During SpringFest, numerous vendors flock to campus, student organizations set up tables to promote their organization\clubs, and a variety of carnival games and rides are accessible to all guest. Additionally, more than 1500 high school students visit the University during the Spring Fest\Open House events to meet with academic departments, and tour the campus.
Black History Month Assembly
During the month of February, the Office of Student Experience sponsors the annual Black History Month Assembly. Speakers are brought to the campus to share their knowledge of African-American History, way of like and current events and trends. Other activities highlighting culture and the arts are sponsored throughout the year.
First Look Fair
The First Look Fair is an annual event that takes place during the month of September. It is designed to give students, faculty, staff, and alumni a chance to look at student organizations. Student organizations set up displays in the student center, sharing information about their organization with the university community. Students are provided an opportunity to learn and to gather information on how to become a member of campus organizations.
National Women’s History Month Activities
This is a national month-long celebration in honor of, and dedicated to women. Programs, seminars, speakers, and workshops are offered throughout the month of March.
Home of the Fighting UMES HAWKS Homecoming tradition!
This is a time for alumni, students, and the HAWK Family to celebrate their alma mater and show their HAWK Pride. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are treated to some exciting events sponsored by The Office of Student Experience and the Student Government Association such as the Fashion Show, Concert, Comedy Show, and the Men’s/Women’s Basketball Game. Alumni return to campus to remember days past and to interact with matriculating students.
A regal affair scheduled during the month of October, Mr. and Miss University of Maryland Eastern Shore are crowned Campus King and Queen. All campus organizations are encouraged to participate in an evening of elegance and pageantry.