Fox Day is an annual tradition established by Rollins’ 10th president, Hugh McKean, in 1956. Each spring, on a day deemed “too pretty to have class,” the president cancels all classes for the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Professional Studies, providing undergraduate students with a surprise day off.
A three-foot-high, 300-pound fox statue, dating back to 1934, is placed on Tars Plaza by the president early in the morning. No one knows exactly when Fox Day will happen each year and students have been known to camp out eagerly awaiting the fox’s arrival during the weeks leading up to the highly anticipated day.
The Chapel bell rings to alert students of the special occasion while the president hands out Fox Day proclamations and donuts to students who line up outside his office. A free pancake breakfast is offered in the morning, fun activities are planned throughout the day, and a family-style picnic is laid out on the Green, free for everyone in the Rollins community.