Candlelight Ceremony

The Candlelight Ceremony is a tradition of Albertus Magnus College dating back to its founding in 1925.  At the Candlelight Ceremony the senior students welcome the incoming freshmen by passing on the “light of knowledge” with a lighted candle.  From the 1938 yearbook of the College we read, “Now the senior class passed on the spirit of Albertus to us from the lighted tapers at the Candle Service in front of Rosary.”

This year the Candlelight Ceremony will take place during Founders’ Day, on Friday, September 20, 2013, for the Class of 2017 and transfer students.  For the first year students in the Division of Professional Graduate Studies will participate in their own Candlelight Ceremony on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.  Both ceremonies will be held in the Behan Community Room.  The entire Albertus Magnus Community is invited and encouraged to attend including student family members and alumni.

Within the Candlelight Ceremony the students sign the Tradition of Honor, which also dates back to the beginnings of the College.  From the 1931 yearbook we read, “It is one of the College’s proudest boasts that the students are governed almost entirely by the honor system.”  Through the Tradition of Honor students pledge to live with honor and integrity in their academic work and in their daily life of relating to others as members of the Albertus Magnus College community.

Albertus Magnus College is a Catholic, Liberal Arts College rooted in the Dominican Tradition.  It has an enrollment of nearly 1,700 men and women pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Learn more about Founders’ Day activities, updates and registration on the Founders’ Day page.

Calling All Volunteers!Albertus Magnus College is excited to announce a new college-wide initiative:  1925 Hours of Service: Building Community through Serving the Community register.  Members of the Albertus family bring alive the four pillars of Dominican life: Community, Service, Spirituality and Study. As we celebrate Founders’ Day 2013, join us in making a difference in the world around us by giving back. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen, elementary school or community garden during the fall semester (August – December) of 2013 and register your hours with us as we strive to donate 1,925 hours in honor of the College’s founding in 1925.Do you already volunteer your time regularly?  Those hours count too!  Wear something Albertus, take and share a photo and register your hours!  For more information or to submit photos contact or use #Albertus1925 on Twitter.

Building the Albertus Community One Step at a Time

On Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2013, more than 20 members of the Albertus community braved a hot, humid, rainy day to participate in the 36th Annual Stratton Faxon New Haven Road Race, which benefitted a number of charitable organizations.  The race offered 5K and 20K courses, and the Albertus runners ranged in ability from experienced marathoners to first-time 5K participants.  Proudly, everyone finished.

Why did we run?

“Doing” reflects the Albertus tradition of community – supporting our internal community, our New Haven community and our non-profit community.

The camaraderie that develops while training for a race and encouraging each other to persevere is the same spirit you find in our classrooms.   It feels good to share that spirit with each other as we live up to the ideals of a sound mind and sound body.   It made sense to take part in the city’s largest athletic event, which, reflective of our Dominican ideals, welcomed everyone.  Like a family, members of the Albertus community enjoy each other’s company; events like the Road Race help us develop as a team and strengthen our relationships with each other.

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Finally, it’s fun!

This event was so much fun, that we invite you to join the Albertus community on Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. for the Cook and Care Walk-a-Thon hosted by Albertus.  The Walk-a-Thon benefits four local food pantries and begins on campus at the Celentano Athletic Field.  Register today at

Not familiar with the Cook and Care Walk-a-Thon?  Learn more here

We would love to hear from you.  If your work place uses athletics or charitable events to build community among your work teams let us know in the comments below.  Who knows?  You may be featured in one of our upcoming blogs on teamwork.