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Oglethorpe to hold Boar’s Head on Dec. 3

Continuing a time-honored tradition at Oglethorpe University, the Boar’s Head concert will take place on Friday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. For almost a century, Boar’s Head has been a staple in Oglethorpe heritage and launches the OU holiday season.

The ceremonial boar's head on stage during the Boar's Head concert

The ceremonial boar’s head on stage during the Boar’s Head concert

Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, attendance at the concert will be extremely limited. Students, faculty and staff may request in-person seating, but please be aware that seats are not guaranteed. In addition, a livestream of the concert will be available to view at multiple locations across campus and online.

During this beloved tradition, a boar’s head makes its way through the Conant Performing Arts Center, carried on the shoulders of newly-initiated members of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society.

The inspiration for Boar’s Head is taken from none other than the Oglethorpe family coat of arms, which features boar’s head profiles, symbolizing the strength, courage and vigor of the Oglethorpe family. The annual Boar’s Head celebration is modeled after an English collegiate ceremony, said to have begun at Queens College in Oxford during the 14th century.

After the concert, the entire Oglethorpe community is invited to a spacious, heated open-air tent on the quad for a holiday celebration, which is open to current students, faculty, staff and alumni. Come out for food, drinks and holiday cheer!

Note: Prior to the concert, Oglethorpe alumni are invited for refreshments at Cocktails on the Quad. This winter gathering will feature a bevy of appetizers, dips, charcuterie, signature cocktails and more. RSVP is required to attend — deadline is Friday, Nov. 26. Please check your inbox for RSVP information. Email alumni@oglethorpe.edu with any questions.

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