Humanities building at LVC

Traditions & History

Founded in 1866, Lebanon Valley College guides students to lifelong success through exceptional undergraduate and graduate programs delivered in a practical, supportive environment.

We’re proud of our history and enjoy celebrating our traditions with our Flying Dutchmen, old and new.

Dear Old LVC

Read the Lebanon Valley College Alma Mater, written by Max F. Lehman, Class of 1907 and Earle A. Spessard, Class of 1911.

LVC sports pennant reading "Go Valley"

Homecoming at The Valley

Each fall, we are excited to welcome our LVC alumni, students, families, and friends to campus for a fun-filled Homecoming weekend.

Doctor of Physical Therapy graduates


A Celebration of Graduates

We look forward to celebrating the success of our graduating students each year during our Commencement celebrations.

Commencement weekend events include:

  • Baccalaureate
  • Graduate and Family Reception
  • Undergraduate Ceremony
  • Graduate Ceremony
Choir sings while holding candles

Christmas at The Valley

Christmas at the Valley is a long-standing holiday tradition at Lebanon Valley College. Hear the story from the people who started Christmas at The Valley 60+ years ago.

President MacLaren serves pie during Thanksgiving dinner for students

Thanksgiving Dinner

One of The Valley’s most popular traditions, this sit-down, family-style dinner is served by faculty, staff, and administrators—and even our president.

Students sign up for the meal and enjoy time with friends before heading home for the holiday break.

Football, cheerleaders, and students March to Kreiderheim to ask for the day off.

March to Kreiderheim

Lebanon Valley College students celebrate the football team’s win over rival Albright by marching to the President’s house to request an extra day off for Thanksgiving break, as per tradition.

The Flying Dutchmen football team, Pride of The Valley Marching Band, and cheerleaders lead the march of students to Kreiderheim.