For more than two decades, the FYE program has sponsored a traditional end-of-the year dinner and celebration titled Fire & Water for the freshman class. The tradition began in 1997 to allow first-year students to celebrate and reflect on a successful transition to college.

The tradition features a formal dinner, special entertainment, and a ceremony. At the end of the night, each student writes down her worst and best memories of freshman year on small sheets of paper. The worst memory gets tossed in a fire pit and the best memory is floated in the Johnson Hall fountain. After the ceremony, the Big Sis’ class serenades the first year class in Johnson Hall.

Contact Information
Chrissie Bumgardner
Co-Director, First Year Experience
bumgardner@meredith.edu

Holly Weakland
Co-Director, First Year Experience
hmweakland@meredith.edu

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