MILLIGAN, Tenn. (April 7, 2021) — It is a wonderful day for Milligan University. Today, Wednesday, April 7, the university celebrates its most beloved tradition, Wonderful Wednesday.
Classes for traditional undergraduates have been canceled for the day, and a variety of outdoor social activities have been planned for the university’s annual surprise holiday.
This year marks the university’s 52nd celebration of Wonderful Wednesday. The first celebration occurred on April 30, 1969. Each year, this holiday has allowed students to take a mental break and celebrate as a community before the final push to the end of the semester.
“Wonderful Wednesday continues to be the most anticipated day of the school year for our students,” said Jason Onks, director of campus activities. “Because of COVID-19, our students celebrated this holiday virtually last year, so they are excited to celebrate together on campus. Today is made possible by the Milligan community’s efforts to uphold the university’s safety measures this year.”
While Milligan has continued the tradition of Wonderful Wednesday every year, the holiday does not always fall on a Wednesday. A veil of secrecy surrounds the exact date and theme of the surprise holiday each year. Milligan’s Campus Activities Board plans the day’s events.
This year’s theme is “Around the World in 80 Days.”
Many events are scheduled throughout the day, weather permitting. Each event will uphold the university’s safety measures, including social distancing and facemasks.
- Brunch at the McCormick Dining Center in Sutton Hall
- Scavenger hunt across the main campus
- Dodgeball near Pardee Hall
- Obstacle course on the Mary Sword Commons
- Water slide at Buffalo Creek
- Food trucks in the FOB parking area
- Volleyball behind Hart Hall
- Yard games in the Village Lawn
- Fireworks in the evening