AUBURN UNIVERSITY- Students gathered on the Student Center Campus Green on Auburn’s Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., to participate in the Student Government Association’s Hey Day. Hey Day, known as “the friendliest day on the Plains,” has been a tradition at Auburn since 1949. On Hey Day, SGA encourages the Auburn Family to “greet one another with Auburn Spirit” and draw closer together.

SGA members and volunteers distributed a record number of 10,000 name tags for students, faculty, and the remainder of the Auburn Family to wear throughout the day on campus in order to encourage each other to learn each other’s names and greet one another with a simple, “Hey!”

Students celebrating hey day

The tradition of Hey Day began when students greeted their peers returning home from World War II. Since then, the day has become a staple of SGA in promoting unity and friendliness on campus. Hey Day serves as a physical representation of the idea of the Auburn Family that is so integral to the university.

SGA celebrated the day with a full schedule of events on the Campus Green. Participants enjoyed free food, games and entertainment featuring live music and two camels. For the first time, Hey Day partnered with the Student Alumni Association to sell t-shirts to alumni, faculty and staff.

“My favorite part of Hey Day is meeting people I wouldn’t have met otherwise,” said Isabella Chappano, a junior studying rehab and disabilities. “Learning more names and getting to know more people helps me feel like I’m making the most of my time at Auburn.”

Thousands of students spent the day on the campus green listening to music, grabbing a bite to eat and getting to know each other. Rebekah Kennedy, director of Hey Day, said her team was excited about the turn out of the event.

“We believe more people were involved and engaged with Hey Day than ever before,” said Kennedy. “We were thrilled to see the number of people who invested in the celebration of the Auburn Family’s unique tradition of simply saying “Hey!’”

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Written by Grace Fabyan

Last modified: 11/28/2017