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75th Annual Boars Head Dinner

Rochester students adopted this tradition from Oxford in 1934, initiating what has become one of the University's longest-running and most beloved annual events. Modeled on English court dinners of the 16th and 17th centuries, the feast begins with a trumpet call and procession of students, faculty, and administrators clad in (more or less) authentic period costume. Each year, the boar's head is presented to the student organization that has done the most to promote student life on campus.

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Pretty nice sunset over the Fraternity Quad
Boar’s Head Dinner, 1947.
Leaves changing by the dorms
Boar’s Head Dinner, 2005.
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Boar’s Head Dinner, 1935.
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Singing at the Boar’s Head Dinner.
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December 1947: University of Rochester students revive their traditional feast of The Boar’s Head, interrupted by the war. Here Norman W. Conner, David R. McConnell and J. Richard Marshall, members of the Men’s Glee Club, give out with the lusty strains of "Boar’s Head Carol," dating back to 16th century, as they file into the banquet hall.
corner of a building on the sciences quad
December 1938: Phil Carey, master of the hall, leads the procession into Todd Union, River Campus, at the fifth annual Boar’s Head dinner. Glee Club members, attired in the mode of an ancient English court, served the meal to more than 200. Carolers sang Yule airs for the diners.
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Boar’s Head Dinner, 1947.
corner of a building on the sciences quad
Boar’s Head Dinner, 2005.
Rush Rhees Library tower
Boar’s Head Dinner, 2005.
corner of a building on the sciences quad
Boar’s Head Dinner, 2005.