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Graduate Traditions from the Dance Floor to the Slopes

The F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business offers the best of both worlds: a diverse, welcoming community, and storied graduate traditions in one of the most historic cities in the U.S. From professional development to pure fun, opportunities abound. Network across programs, meet and share ideas—and laughs—with upper-level administration, and dance (or ski!) your heart out.

“The Babson community is diverse, smart, and entrepreneurial, for me the Babson Community is family. … Students from other programs, staff, alumni, and faculty are easy to approach and enthusiastic to connect you with someone that could potentially help you or bring your situation forward. In terms of networking opportunities … events like Babson's eTower, to meet undergrads, or Prom, to meet MBA students, or CCD Career events, to meet industry professionals, or the BEF, to meet like-minded Babson affiliates, have had a tremendous impact on building my network here in Boston.”
Next Gen HQ, Product Manager

Fancy Footwork

Put on your finest, and dance the night away during the Babson Graduate Fall and Spring Formals. Each formal is unique, offering students the opportunity to visit areas in Boston and surrounding regions.


This annual, spring variety show is coordinated by Babson graduate students. Get ready for a night of fun celebrating the Babson experience with good-natured irreverence. Enjoy playful banter about peers, faculty, staff, and current events in a variety of mediums, including live skits, video, and even song.

Friendsgiving in Knight Auditorium

Friendsgiving with the Graduate Associate Deans is an annual event that allows students to gather with the associate deans to celebrate an American holiday in a new way—one that acknowledges the history of Thanksgiving and instead celebrates the diversity and social impact of the Babson community. Students bring guests, significant others, and family members to join us for this holiday meal.

International Dining

Celebrate the cultural diversity of Babson’s graduate community. Through this long-standing annual event, graduate students and partners come together through food, music, and dance from around the world. In years when we were unable to celebrate in person due to the  pandemic, students created a Graduate International Dinner Cookbook to share virtually and tried the recipes from home.

Weeklong Celebrating

A Babson tradition, a weeklong run of festivities celebrates graduating students. Past Grad Week events have included trips to Six Flags, paintball tournaments, and hiking both Mount Monadnock and Mount Washington, as well as overnight Cape Cod trips complete with beachside villas and lobster/clambakes.

Winter Shredding

Hit the slopes in the winter with the Graduate Student Council on the annual Ski Trip. Babson graduate students don their skis, boards, and beaver hats to travel to such places as Killington Ski Area, Stowe Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort, and Waterville Valley.

Partner and Family Bonding

Your significant other and family play an important role in your life. The Babson Partners’ Club—run by current students and their partners—gives you and your family access to social, cultural, and educational activities to make the transition to Babson fun. The Partners’ Program also networks with similar programs at business schools throughout the region, holding meetups (and playdates for families with children).

“We all came from different walks of life, yet we managed to look past those differences and create a family. That family does not exclude our amazing professors, who have taught me so much more than I can ever thank them for. The lessons were not just for the classroom, but about providing us tools that we would be able to use in whatever context we would need moving forward. My professors are not just lecturers … they are coaches and academics mentoring a batch of students who they want to see succeed. I now consider all of these people a part of my growing network.”
Kaylin Goncalves MSEL'20
UX/ Operations for Hoamsy (Babson-based startup)

Just a Taste of Tradition—and Innovation

There’s so much more to do at Babson than we could list here. With 25+ student-run clubs and organizations, signature events, nine centers and institutes, and more, you’ll never have a shortage of things to do. Pick the traditions you enjoy—and help us create new ones!

“Take advantage of the events, workshops, and networking opportunities. The knowledge you get outside of class and from different experiences and perspectives is as important as class.”
Raed Attia MSEL'20
Analyst, PA Consulting, Boston

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