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Fox Day 2023 in Photos

April 10, 2023

By Audrey St. Clair ’03

A grid of images capturing Fox Day 2023.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Once again, the beloved Fox Day was one for the books. Relive your favorite memories from everyone’s favorite day of the year.

The much-anticipated springtime appearance of the wily fox happened in the early morning hours of Thursday, April 6, on Tars Plaza, signaling that one day of the year when we close up shop and get outside for a day-long dose of vitamin D. From pool time at Lakeside Neighborhood to paddleboarding on Lake Virginia, here are a few of our favorite moments in the sun.

President Cornwell and students gather around the fox on Tars Plaza to announce Fox Day 2023.
Photo by Scott Cook.

It all started when President Grant Cornwell rolled out the beloved fox statue onto Tars Plaza at daybreak on Thursday, April 6, letting everyone know it was just too pretty outside for business as usual.

Students jumping up and down on Mills Lawn with excitement for Fox Day.
Photo by Scott Cook.
The fox joins students for breakfast before kicking off the day of Fox Day festivities.
Photo by Scott Cook.

In search of a little morning fuel, the Fox joined students for breakfast in Skillman Dining Hall before kicking off the Fox Day festivities.

Fox Day festivities
Photo by Scott Cook.
The Fox sharing in the excitement with students on Fox Day.
Photo by Scott Cook.
Fox Day festivities
Photo by Scott Cook.

From jumping for joy to posing with the sly fox, everyone has their own way of celebrating their excitement for Rollins’ favorite tradition.

Students canoeing on Lake Virginia on Fox Day.
Photo by Scott Cook.
A student paddleboarding on Lake Virginia with her dog in tow on Fox Day.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Thanks to Rollins’ prime location on Lake Virginia, getting out on the water with friends (furry ones too!) is as easy as grabbing a paddleboard, canoe, or kayak to launch right from the campus dock.

A grid of students playing lawn games on Fox Day 2023.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Outdoor games of all sorts sprung up on Mills Lawn throughout the day as Tars across campus enjoyed their day of fun and frolic.

Students enjoying the pool at Lakeside Neighborhood on Fox Day.
Photo by Scott Cook.

The epic pool and wraparound deck in Lakeside Neighborhood offer up more than 12,000 square feet of recreation and relaxation space. Sure, it’s a great study spot too, but on Fox Day, it’s all about working on your tan and catching up with friends on America’s most beautiful campus.

Students celebrating Fox Day on Mills Lawn.
Photo by Scott Cook.
A student gets ready to hop on the bus to the beach on Fox Day.
Photo by Scott Cook.
Students and staff participating in Fox Day activities on campus—from making a fox to crafting pearl jewelry.
Photo by Scott Cook.

This year, a few more campus activities were added to the mix—from jewelry-making and body-painting to building your own fox and crafting anchor door tags by the lake.

Rollins students head to the beach on Fox Day.
Photo by Scott Cook.

To catch some rays and hopefully a few waves, a handful of Tars headed to the beach, just an hour from campus.

Students enjoying the barbecue picnic on Mills Lawn on Fox Day 2023.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Nothing caps off a day spent soaking up the sun quite like a picnic. The annual Fox Day feast on Mills Lawn was full of fresh watermelon and favorite comfort foods like burgers, barbecue chicken, smoked sausages, and mac-and-cheese.

Students eat and relax together on Mills Lawn on Fox Day 2023.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Fox Day 2023 now takes its place in the Rollins history books, becoming part of the legendary memories of Fox Days past. Now just 360-ish more days to go until that sneaky fox declares it’s ditch day once again.


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