Honor the Past. Aim for the Future
Culver is steeped in a rich history of tradition, some of which date back over 100 years. Students learn that they are part of the continuum of those traditions – honoring their past, but always looking ahead to the future.
Below are some of the significant events and traditions at Culver.
- The Culver Women's Celebration (CWC)
- The CGA Graduation Registry
- The Keeper of the Book
- Chapel Gold Seal
- Honor System
- Crest Ceremony
- Graduation Arch
- Junior/Senior Tea
- Dean England Day
- Senior Waltz
- Ringing Ceremony
- First-Class Ring
- Veterans Day & Memorial Day
The matriculation of new students involves passing through the Logansport Gate entrance to the school and over the Leadership Plaza. This is symbolic of the eventual passage through the Graduation Arch (girls) and Iron Gate (cadets). As each student passes through Logansport Gate, he or she is welcomed by the head of schools and his wife, the commandant of cadets, the dean of girls, and the top student leaders, regimental commander and senior prefect.
Conceived by and for the students of Culver Military Academy and later revised by the students of both Culver Military Academy and Culver Girls Academy, this Honor System is designed to help each Culver student understand what honor means and to help each Culver student learn to lead a life of honor. The CMA and CGA honor councils administer the Honor System.
The Junior/Senior Tea is held on the Friday afternoon of graduation weekend at which time the juniors of CGA honor the graduating seniors of CGA. Certificates are awarded to the outstanding senior leaders and the Tiffany Powell Award is given. Following the ceremony, participants view the senior video, which is created by the communications prefects.
The Dean England Day ceremony is held in September or October of each school year in commemoration of the founding Dean of CGA, Mary Francis England. The CGA Council coordinates the ceremony. New girls are welcomed into CGA through this ceremony and presented the Mary Francis England pin, worn by all girls on their dress blazer.
Two of Culver’s time-honored traditions are tied to its roots in the military. The Veterans Day ceremony and Gold Star Ceremony on Memorial Day both recognize the sacrifices made by Culver alumni during times of war. Since 1924, Culver has recognized the sacrifices of American and Allied soldiers during World War I at 11 a.m. on November 11. The ceremony has not changed since that original Armistice Day ceremony was conducted at the Legion Memorial Building dedication over 80 years ago. The Gold Star Ceremony on Memorial Day recognizes all the Culver alumni who have made the ultimate sacrifice. During the ceremony, the names of alumni killed during times of conflict, from World War I to Iraq, are read aloud in the Memorial Chapel. Following the service, a solemn procession moves out to the Oval and the Corps of Cadets honor those fallen Culver veterans with a 21-gun salute and military review.