The Gregory Year

Gregory Traditions

In additional to our countless weekly events and our densely populated MLP and FCP calendars, Gregory has a series of annual traditions our residents can look forward to throughout the year.  Help us create new ones—we’ll find room for them somewhere! (note: many of our public spaces look very different these days!)

House Welcome

On the day freshman arrive, they are immediately wrapped up in the flow of the House; meeting our Faculty Director, House Dean and the rest of the staff on the beach, followed by their RA/GA-led hall meetings and finally an opportunity to mix and mingle with their new Housemates at Games Night.

Opening Barbecue/Karaoke/Toga Prep Party

We conclude New Student Orientation and prepare to kick off our regular programming schedule with a jammed day of Gregory activities, including a cookout on the beach, followed by a karaoke session in the piano lounge and a prep session for the toga party at the University Museum.  Gregorians from all years (and alumni society as well!) are welcome.  It’s a madhouse, but in a good way.


Finding your place isn't quite ideal?  At the start of the year we take a bus ride to IKEA to finishing decking the place out.

Gregory Greets

During the first month or two of the semester, every new Penn resident—freshmen, transfer or  exchange—receives an invitation to meet in a small group with a Gregory senior staff member, RAs and GAs, and upperclass House Council Members.  These informal conversations, which take place in the apartment of our resident faculty or house dean, are unique opportunities to get situated at Penn and to meet friendly people who can be excellent resources for you during your time here.

White Water Rafting

Within the first month or so of the semester (dam release schedule permitting), we share a little adventure on the rapids of Lehigh Valley Gorge...


...or, if the rafting schedule doesn't work, or people are just more inclined to combat, we spend a day of friendly carnage in the Poconos.


Open Mic Night

Read a poem, sing a song, tell a joke, play an instrument and otherwise bask in the appreciation of your Housemates at Open Mic Night, which often coincides of the annual opening of the Darkroom café.

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

A Halloween-themed jaunt to a haunted house at the most sinister of Philadelphia historical landmarks.

Pumpkin Carving

The freshman community gathers together to flaunt their macabre imaginations.


Sex (Education) Quizzo

Learning can be fun, especially when outrageous prizes are involved.

International Dinner

A culinary circuit of the world, the International Dinner, sponsored by the Modern Languages Program, is one of the most popular of all Gregory events, featuring dishes served up by our many language houses (and many bonus dishes besides!).


Gregory Thanksgiving

Not going home for Thanksgiving?  We serve up our own grand meal in the House, with all the traditional trappings.  Be sure to RSVP


Superbowl Party

Whether you’re watching for game or the commercials, you’ll have plenty of good food and company gathering for America’s most watched… anything.


Philly Trips

Throughout the year, we find ways to venture out into Philadelphia--giving away free tickets to the Walnut Street and Wilma Theatres, and more.

Ping Pong Tournament

A fierce Gregory competition in the bowels of the buildings.

The Lucid Dinner and Performing Arts Night

A showcase for Gregory talent in honor of Robert F Lucid, the first Faculty Director of Gregory.  Volunteer to perform!

Oscar Party

We tend to make a big deal out of the Oscars—movies in general are a big deal around here—with  fancy finger food and desserts in the cinema lounge.  Snag some DVDs in our pick-the-winners contest.

Shakespeare on the Beach

Feverishly master iambic pentameter as you rehearse the Bard in a mere number of hours before a competition of performances on the beach.

Progressive Dinner

The gastronomic sibling to the International Dinner, only this time it’s the Van Peltians showing their kitchen finesse.  Each floor in Van Pelt offers up one course of a grand House meal.

Six Flags

As the year winds down, spend quality time with your Housemates, much of it upside down, at this nearby amusement park.

Lucid Awards Presentation

We have study breaks almost every night during reading days and finals, and the biggest is when we issue our awards for service to House community.


Senior Brunch

A brunch—and champagne toast—for graduating Gregorians, most having spent their entire Penn career in the House.  We miss you already.