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NECC Student Life Traditions

The Office of Student Life plans and implements many traditions annually for our students to build a sense of NECC Knight pride. Check out the sections below to learn more about our campus traditions.

Weeks of Welcome (WOW)

Weeks of Welcome (WOW)


The Weeks of Welcome team is excited to announce Spring 2023 Weeks of Welcome will be Monday, 1/23 to Wednesday 2/1. Save the dates!  

Weeks Of Welcome (WOW) is a series of programming during the beginning weeks of the semester with campus-wide participation. Staff, faculty, and student organizations offer events and activities to introduce students to the resources available to help them succeed at NECC. Participating in the WOW events and activities allows students to meet new people, get prepared for the semester, and have some fun!




We are developing our upcoming WOW event calendar with programming that may include virtual and in person events including guided activities, games, workshops, guest speakers, Q&A sessions, meet & greets, etc. The more interactive the better! 
If you have an in-person or remote event that you would like us to include in the Weeks of Welcome calendar to promote to students, please submit your event via the Spring 2023 Weeks of Welcome (WOW) Event Signup Form.  
This semester, we are limiting WOW events to 35; The event slots are first come, first serve. We highly encourage collaboration with other offices. Lastly, to ensure there are no event conflicts, we will only accept the event day/time slot that is selected and not any different times written in the comments.



Sign- Up for WOW Tabling Shifts HERE.

During the first 4 days of the Spring semester 1/18 – 1/23 (excluding Saturday and Sunday), the WOW team is looking for help to staff our WOW welcome tables at the entrances of the following buildings (C, B, TC, SC, L, LC, LA). During your shift you will greet students, hand them WOW swag, help students find their way around campus, and answer any student questions.  We will provide a cheat sheet with answers to anticipated questions. We hope to have a few people sign up for each table so if a student needs help finding their classroom someone is still at the table to greet other students as they come in. Please consider signing up for at least two 1-hour shifts (more is appreciated).




In lieu of WOW bags we will have baskets of swag items each day at the WOW welcome tables for students to choose from. The WOW team is currently collecting swag items that you are willing to donate. You can give any quantity of each item. We will evenly distribute the items and ensure there is a full basket each day at every table. We hope to receive a WOW budget for the fall to bring back the WOW bags. 

Printed handouts are being collected to insert into WOW resource folders that will be distributed at the WOW welcome tables to students. If you would like to provide a handout, please deliver 1000 copies to the Student Life office in SC-215 or L-144 no later than Thursday, January 5, 2023.  



Check out recorded WOW events on the Student Life Blackboard Community.

CLICK HERE to access the Student Life Blackboard Community
Click on Student Events on the navigation bar on the left
Click the WOW folder 



To participate in our WOW events:

  1. Visit our WOW calendar
  2. Click on the event you would like to attend
  3. Fill out the sign-up form via the link in the calendar post.

The day before the event you will receive an email in your email account with the Zoom access link and passcode and/or location information to attend the event. We will continually be adding events to our sign-up form so make sure to check back as WOW gets closer to sign up for more events! 

Wednesday Knight Pride

Wednesday Knight Pride

Every Wednesday the students, faculty, and staff aCredit for Prior Learning Opportunities rest the college are welcome to participate in Wednesday Knight Pride (WKP) by wearing your NECC gear or school colors (blue & gold). Student Life typically hosts WKP events for our college community to participate in. Keep an eye out on the college events calendar to learn about what we have planned. When posting pictures of your school pride please use the hashtag #NECCWKP.

Constitution Day

Constitution Day

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S.or by naturalization, have become citizens. Every year on September 17th we provide programming for our campus community to celebrate constitution day.

Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day

Advocacy day occurs in the month of October, annually. Massachusetts community college students, faculty, staff, and presidents gather at the State House once a year for Community College Student Advocacy

Day to meet with members of the Legislature and urge that they support the state’s community college system in providing a better-funded, more accessible, high-quality education for its students. All NECC students are welcome to attend the MA Community College Advocacy Day with the Office of Student Life.

U-Knighted Fair

U-Knighted Fair

The Office of Student Life hosts the U-Knighted Fair every fall semester within the first two months of classes. Our office hosts the Re-UKnighted Fair during the spring semester within the first two months of classes, as well. Staff, faculty, and student organizations are invited to host a table at the fair to advertise to our campus community about what they offer. Typically the Office of Student Life will provide free food and activities for students to engage in at the fair.

Spring 2023 Re-Uknighted Fairs

Reserve a table for the U-Knighted Fair, on the Table Reservation Form.  The deadline to reserve a table is firm and will be at the end of the day on Thursday, 1/26/23.

Wednesday, 2/1 Lawrence Re-UKnighted Involvement Fair 10:00am – 12:00pm on the Lawrence Campus in the Dimitry Atrium 

Wednesday, 2/8 Haverhill Re-UKnighted Involvement Fair 10:00am – 1:00pm on the Haverhill Campus in the Spurk (C) Building in the 1st and 2nd Floor Lobbies  


Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

 Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

Each year, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) from September 15 to October 15 in a variety of ways at NECC. 

The Office of Student Life along with many other areas of the college hosts events and activities for our campus community to engage in during the Month. We use this time to show our pride in being a Hispanic Serving Institution. 

Our HHM hashtag is @NECCCelebra

Community College Student Leadership Association (CCSLA) Conference And Events

Community College Student Leadership Association (CCSLA) Conference And Events

Annual Conference

Every year the Massachusetts Community College Student Leadership Association invites students from the 15 MA community colleges to attend their annual student leadership conference. Conference attendees have the opportunity to attend sessions to strengthen their leadership skills. This is an overnight conference and the students selected to attend must get permission from their professors to miss classes. The Office of Student Life selects the students that will attend and pays for their conference fees, hotel room, food, and travel.

The Fall 2022 conference will take place 11/3/2022 – 11/4/2022 at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center in Southbridge, MA. 

Students interested in attending must apply HERE. The NECC Student Life Office brings a limited number of student leaders each year and will choose this years students from those who apply. All students who apply will be notified with the decisions by the end of October, 2022. 


Each semester the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts plan events for students who attend a community college in MA can attend. These events are a great way to get to know students statewide. Events that were held in the past include monthly trivia, leadership speakers, Zuzu African Acrobats, Hip- Hop And Mental Health, Kevin D. Richardson-When They See Us: The Story of the Central Park Five, and The Year-End Virtual Festival. 

Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations at NECC are dialogues in which participants commit to engaging each other with honesty, open-mindedness, and vulnerability; to listen deeply to better understand each other’s perspective, and to sustain the conversation whto show responsibility to each other and to the conversation.

National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Opportunities

National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Opportunities


NISOD provides budget-friendly, high-quality, and faculty-focused programs and resources for community and technical colleges that want to make the most of their professional development dollars. For over 40 years, NISOD has aligned a wide array of benefits with the needs of our members, which explains why the American Association of Community Colleges named NISOD, “The country’s leading provider of professional development for community college faculty, staff, and administrators.”


Scott Wright Student Essay Contest

NISOD invites students at NISOD-member colleges to participate in the Scott Wright Student Essay Contest!
Students* describe in a 500-word (or less) essay a faculty member, staff member, or administrator who encouraged them to complete a course, finish a semester, or graduate from college and how that encouragement helped them reach their goal(s)
The Prize
Three (3) winning student authors and the faculty members, staff members, or administrators featured in the winning essays will each receive:

  • $1,000 USD
  • Travel to the International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence (May 27-30 in Austin, Texas), which includes: Up to $400 USD toward travel to Austin, Texas;
  • Up to three (3) nights lodging (Saturday, Sunday, Monday nights only);
  • One (1) complimentary conference registration.
    (Note: Winning authors will read their essays on stage during the conference’s Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration on Sunday, May 28.)

In addition, each winning student author’s college will receive a complimentary one-year NISOD membership.

Evaluation Criteria
Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria: Content, originality, clarity, organization, conciseness, and grammar.


  • Contest opens: August 19, 2022
  • Submission deadline: March 3, 2023
  • Winners notified: March 24, 2023
  • Winner acceptance due: March 31, 2023
  • Winners’ photos due: April 7, 2023
  • Prize and essay presentations at NISOD conference: May 28, 2023


Visit the NISOD Website Student Contest Page to review the Criteria and Terms and to submit your essay. 

Questions & More Information

NECC students please direct all questions for the Scott Wright Student Essay Contests to Student Life.  


Student Graphic Design Contest 

NISOD invites students at NISOD-member colleges to participate in the Student Graphic Design Contest and design the official Conference Program for NISOD’s 2024 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, the definitive gathering of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff seeking best and promising practices designed to improve student achievement.

The Prize
The winning student artist will receive:

  • $1,000 USD
  • Travel to the International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence (May 27-30, 2023 in Austin, Texas), which includes: Up to $400 USD toward travel to Austin, Texas;
  • Up to three (3) nights lodging (Saturday, Sunday, Monday nights only);
  • One (1) complimentary conference registration.
  • In addition, each winning student’s college will receive a complimentary one-year NISOD membership.


  • Contest opens: August 19, 2022
  • Submission deadline: March 3, 2023
  • Winner notified: March 24, 2023
  • Winner acceptance due: March 31, 2023
  • Winner’s photo due: April 7, 2023
  • Winning artwork unveiled at NISOD conference: May 29, 2023

Suggested Theme and Style Guidelines
We are looking for artwork with interesting, fun, bold, fresh, colorful, original, and modern images, yet which honors the legacy of NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. Keep in mind that the winning artwork will become the 2024 Conference Program front cover, and must also be easily applicable to advertising, brochures, and other applications. If you choose to use community and technical college educators in an illustrated format, our preferences are faculty members in classroom settings. No recognizable students, faculty, administrators, and staff are permitted.

Elements That Must Be Included in the Design

  • NISOD’s name and logo (download various formats on the NISOD website)
  • “International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence” (Note: “Teaching and Leadership Excellence” should be more prominent than “International
  • Conference on” if using different font sizes.)
  • “May 25-May 28, 2024”
  • “Austin, Texas”

What NOT to Include

  • Do not use images such as armadillos, cacti, longhorns.
  • No recognizable images of community and technical college students, faculty, administrators, and staff.
  • No stock images or clip art, except the NISOD logo.
  • No copyrighted work.
  • No photos.

Artwork Specifications

  • All submissions must be original art/illustrations, except the NISOD logo.
  • Burnt orange and white are the official colors and the primary palette used by NISOD and The University of Texas at Austin. Although not required, student graphic artists are strongly encouraged to employ the following distinctive burnt orange color in their artwork:
    • PANTONE: 159
    • CMYK: 0, 65, 100, 9 | RGB: 191, 87, 0 | HEX: #BF5700
  • All submissions must be minimum 8.5″ W x 11″ H and in PDF format.
  • If chosen as the winner, your original file must be produced in vector format for ease of duplication (layered Illustrator .eps or .ai file)


Visit the NISOD Contest Webpage to Download the NISOD Logo in various formats. 

Preparing Art for Submission
Reduce to max file size of 60 MB.

How to Enter Your Submission
Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact the NECC NISOD liaison, Michelle Carter, regarding how to participate in this contest. Once your artwork is completed, your college’s NISOD liaison, Michelle Carter may submit it using the form on the NISOD Contest Webpage

Questions & More Information

NECC students please direct all questions for the Student Graphic Design Contest to Art Faculty, Michelle Carter

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific. 

Student Life at NECC partners with other areas of the college to provide an IWD celebration annually. 

International Women’s Day 2023

International Women’s Day 2023 campaign theme: #EmbraceEquity

For International Women’s Day and beyond, let’s all fully #EmbraceEquity.

Equity isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have.

A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society’s DNA.

All are welcome to attend our IWD Spill The EquiTEA event. 

Wednesday, 3/8

11:00am – 12:30pm 

Haverhill Campus, TC-103 A/B

Lawrence Campus, L-244

Join us for a tea party as we celebrate all things equity!
Tea time includes free tea, food, giveaways, and an alumni panel on advocacy followed by table discussions. All are welcome! (even those who do not identify as a women)! #EmbraceEquity

Learn more about IWD

Spring Jam

Spring Jam

Spring Jam is an event hosted by The Office of Student Life during the spring semester, typically in the month of April to celebrate being a NECC Knight. Student Life usually provides food, drinks, music, activities, and more for our campus community to come together and celebrate our year’s accomplishments. Student Life partners with other offices, student groups, and outside organizations as well to include them in the event. You won’t want to miss this event, it is always a lot of fun with free giveaways for those who attend! 


Wednesday, 4/12/2023 11:00am – 1:30pm on the Haverhill Campus inside and outside of the Sports & Fitness Center (D) Building & on the Quad

Reserve A Table Or Sign Up To Volunteer At Spring Jam

The DEADLINE to reserve a table or sign up to volunteer is Wednesday, 4/5/23

Spring Jam Table Reservation & Volunteer Sign Up Form. 

Clubs, Organizations, Interest Groups, as well as any area of the college and outside partners are welcome to host a table at Spring Jam. We are asking those who host a table to offer an activity and/or have items/snacks to giveaway. 

Example of activities: crafting, games, temporary tattoos, build a puzzle, sign your name, table top carnival games, & raffles.

If you need funding to provide an activity, table decor, or items to giveaway you can request $ from the Student Activities Fee Request Form while funding is available.


This event won’t be possible without help from our campus community. If you would like to help with the event set up, running the event, or clean up please indicate that on the Spring Jam Form and we will reach out with more details. THANK YOU in advance. 

If you have any questions please contact Student Life for requests, questions or event information. 

Student Life Activities

In addition to our annual campus traditions, The Office of Student Life provides events and programs for students to engage in to enhance the student experience outside the classroom. Check out our full list of activities below or view the current month here.

All Student Life Activities

All Student Life Activities


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