At Templeton, our curriculum consists of so much more than just our required courses in the classroom. Throughout the year, our community of students, faculty, and staff gathers together to worship, to celebrate, to learn, and to rest. Below, we've featured a few of the events that shape each year at Templeton.

Lessons and Carols

Every year, the entire Templeton Honors College gathers together to welcome the beginning of the advent season by singing hymns led by the Freshman Chorale and reading scripture as a community. The evening is ended with a festive Christmas party and a yearly reading of The Grinch by Dr. Cary.

Honors Forum

On Fridays at 3:00pm, Templeton students across all four years gather for presentations on a wide range of topics ranging from a panel, a guest lecturer, a professor, or a town hall meeting. The community hears from Advisory Council members and friends of the Honors College in a variety of professions and from scholars in many fields. Our Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Forum theme is "Vocation." 


Our Fall 2023 Forum Schedule


Every cohort is officially matriculated into the honors college at the beginning of their first semester. In this ceremony, each new student signs his or her name in a book that holds the records of every Templeton student since our first cohort in 1999. The first years also receive a book as a gift from the current sophomore cohort.

Freshman Banquet

At the end of their first year, the freshman cohort is treated to a banquet celebrating the completion of their first year in the honors college. Faculty and staff also attend this event to honor the accomplishments of the newest members of the Templeton community.

Senior Banquet

At the close of their final year, the graduating seniors are treated to a banquet celebrating their graduation and accomplishments during their time in Templeton. At this event, the seniors are awarded their Templeton medallions to wear with their graduation regalia, and each student shares a quote from a Templeton reading that shaped them during their time in our community.

Winter Retreat

One weekend in January or February, all of our students are invited to take a weekend retreat together as a respite from their studies. These weekends usually consist of hiking, s'mores, board games, and a highly competitive inter-cohort dodgeball game.