April 23, 2005 -- No matter what the occasion might be, it’s always important to find just the ‘right’ gift.
That was the dilemma facing Belmont Abbey College’s Class of 2005 as students tried to decide what they should leave as a lasting memory of their years at the Abbey.
Belmont Abbey College’s senior class finally decided to begin a new tradition at the Abbey, celebrate Founders’ Day by turning it into a campus-wide dedication – a special annual event beginning the spring of 2005. The Class of 2005 decided to call it “Abbey Day.”
Belmont Abbey College’s annual Abbey Day/Founders’ Day celebration will begin Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 8:30 AM with Mass in the Abbey Basilica. All classes will be cancelled and administrative offices will be closed for the day. (see schedule below).
“We considered many different things as a gift to the College,” says senior Rachel Hoffman, co-social chair for the Class of 2005. “But in the end, it was agreed that we wanted something that ultimately came from our hearts – something that would bring the Abbey community together and leave something of sentimental value. Renewing our sense of tradition to a place that has done so much for us and making sure it was unique, those were important to us.”
“I am pleased that the graduating senior class of 2005 has decided to give, as its class gift, the lasting legacy of ‘Abbey Day,’” says Belmont Abbey College President, Dr. William Thierfelder. “I think it is fitting that the Class of 2005 has chosen ‘Spirit and Excellence’ as their theme, and plan to celebrate those qualities at Belmont Abbey College past, present and future.”
Over 400 members of the College community including, students, faculty, staff, and the monks will participate in “Abbey Day.” The day will consist of Belmont Abbey’s traditional Founders’ Day celebration and will include Mass, a walk-a-thon in support of Holy Angels, field games, a community-wide picnic, a race down Abbey Lane, and an evening luau for the entire College community to take place after the traditional Vespers service and dinner.
The Class of 2005 has also decided to use “Abbey Day” as an opportunity to reach out to the community and help Holy Angels, Inc, a private, nonprofit organization based in Belmont sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. The group supports the handicapped by providing innovative programs and services for its residents – children and adults with varying degrees of mental retardation.
Abbey Day’s Schedule of Events includes;
Early morning – Irish Bagpipes will serve as a wakeup call for students to begin the day.
8:30 AM – Mass in the Abbey Basilica
9:30 AM – Team Registration (Cuthbert Allen Apartment parking lot)
10:30 AM – A Walk around Perimeter Road benefiting Holy Angels
11:00 AM – Field Events & Lunch at Soccer
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4:00 PM – A Race down Abbey Lane
4:30 PM – Picnic in front of Haid
5:30 PM – Award Ceremony
6:00 PM – Founders Day Vespers, reception to follow
8:30 PM – Luau in the Quad, live band entertainment
Ranked one of the best liberal arts colleges in the South by U.S. News and World Report, Belmont Abbey College celebrates excellence and virtue steeped in its 128 year Catholic Benedictine heritage. It is home to students from over 34 states and 17 countries and welcome everyone from any background or tradition committed to this vision of excellence and virtue. The campus consists of the College, the Monastery and the Abbey Basilica, which can be found on its sprawling 650 acres of picturesque landscape.
Just minutes from Charlotte, NC, the nation’s second largest banking center, Belmont Abbey College offers students numerous internship opportunities and career placement.
The College believes in development of the whole person – mind, body and spirit. By offering a wide array of clubs and activities including, Division II athletics, theatre, publications, and study abroad, Belmont Abbey College invests in the personal growth of its students.
Founded in 1876, the College celebrates its heritage and is inspired by the Benedictine monastic tradition. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the College and Abbey Basilica greet thousands of visitors each year.