Chronology & Proclamations

Every year on Fox Day, the president of Rollins makes a proclamation on behalf of Mr. Fox. The following proclamation excerpts, written by president McKean, are from a memorandum prepared by Evelyn Draper on October 23, 1969, and give a illustrate how the tradition of Fox Day evolved through the years.


May 17, 1956


The first Fox Day began after lunch and culminated that evening in the Chapel. President McKean broke the news to students who took a welcome break from scheduled plans.

(Sandspur, Thursday, May 24, 1956, p. 1, 3)

May 20, 1957


At 1:30 last Monday, students, faculty, and staff assembled in the Horeseshoe to hear President Hugh McKean pass on the message of the Fox.

President McKean ordered that no classes or meetings be held the remainder of the day and outlawed tests and papers due the next day.

(Sandspur, Friday, May 24, 1957, p. 1)

Feb. 18, 1958


Photograph: President Hugh McKean greeted the "Fox" last Monday (February 17) night in the Chapel; classes were called off on Tuesday (February 18). The Rollins family enjoyed a quiet day by "just taking it easy."

(Sandspur, Friday, February 21, 1958, p. 8)

March 13, 1959


The Fox arrived on campus bright and early Friday, the 13th. President Hugh McKean was at the Beanery for breakfast. He explained some of today's activities to the students. First on the agenda was a Treasure Hunt.

(Sandspur, Friday, March 13, 1959, p. 1)

May 13, 1960



Last Friday (May 13) morning, Rollins' favorite visitor, the Fox, gave the campus what was probably the biggest surprise of his career, appearing in his traditional position in front of the library, despite dire prophecies that Fox Day was a thing of the past due to lack of student participation.

Mimeographed sheets of Fox Day programs and treasure hunt clues were on hand at breakfast in the Beanery, and student council president Robert Fleming read to the students a letter proclaiming the holiday which "the Fox" had delivered under his door the preceding night. With President Hugh McKean enroute to California from New York City, confusion reigned in the administration building "A" period. Inquiries were referred to the president's office, where no one knew what was happening either. At 9:30 Dean Schiller Scroggs declared the hoax Fox Day to be official.

The student-faculty softball game took place as scheduled on the fake programs, and an informal Fox Day dance was held at 7:30 in the center patio. The Fox Day celebrations were brought to a close with a candlelight procession to Knowles Memorial Chapel where a short Vespers Service was held at 10:00 p.m. There the College drew a sigh of pleased relief as Dean of the Chapel Theodore S. Darrah read:

"Chicago, Illinois
May 13, 1960
The Fox c/o Dean T.S. Darrah
Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida

Delighted to hear of your surprise visit and that the College is all together as a family. There is nothing anywhere in the world like Rollins College.

Hugh McKean

May 5, 1961


Early risers hoping to catch the astronaut's smoke trail over Lake Virginia were the first to see the evidence in front of Mills Memorial Library Friday (May 5) morning.

President Hugh McKean began the annual holiday with his traditional message in the Beanery at breakfast. Started day by watching astronaut Alan B. Shepard become the first American to enter outer space.

President McKean and his wife were hosts at 8:30 for a dance at the Union Patio. Traditional Fox Day Candlelight service in the Chapel was called off.

(Sandspur, May 12, 1961, Friday, p. 1)


Spring, 1962



'Spur Editorial: Pul-e-eze, Mr. President --Give us another try, huh? Nobody sticks around to participate - or even to watch, it seems. What probably DOES concern him (the President) most of all is that nobody comes to Fox Day. It seems that everybody goes elsewhere…that IS an exaggeration. Some people do stay, and we'll have to admit that it is somewhat unrealistic to expect everybody. We just want to offer one simple solution, on Thought For the Day, a Quick and Easy Remedy for all ills of the Fox department. It's just this: Put yourself in the President's place. What would YOU do?

(Sandspur, May 18, 1962)

May 2, 1963



WHEREAS, the auguries and the winds foretell that May the second will be a day of sunlight and beauty;

AND WHEREAS, the students of Rollins College have covenanted with me that on the next Fox Day, even though they may disperse, they will reassemble in Rollins' magnificent Chapel, a building of great beauty designed by the world-renowned Ralph Adams Cram, and given to Rollins College by Frances Knowles Warren; More...

May 6, 1964



WHEREAS, the tradewinds now add softness to the nights and freshness to the days; and phlox, that glorious flower of May, is ablaze in the Parsonage garden; and mocking birds are adding special magic to it all; and

WHEREAS, the time has come to put the College back on the track, it having been diverted by studies, tests, assignments, and other irritating measures devised by faculties throughout the years to drain the joy from college life; More...

May 11, 1965



WHEREAS, Rollins' fame and fortune have been extended this year in many ways, to wit:
- By winning national reknown in the Dad Vail Regatta,
- By winning the State championship in golf,
- By placing second in the Florida Intercollegiate Conference in tennis,
- And by making impressive records in baseball and other sports;
all of which give further evidence of the skill, vigor, and will to win of
Rollins' athletes;

AND, through the award of a Fulbright Fellowship to Irvin Stock, thereby adding new distinction to the English Department;

AND, by the fact that Rhea Smith's new book, Spain: A New History, is soon to be published by the University of Michigan Press;

AND, by a magnificent grant from A.G. Bush which will bring a new Science Center to Rollins' campus (and which followed closely the establishment of a graduate School of Finance and Business Administration by Roy E. Crummer last spring - both being men of character and vision); More...

May 18, 1966



TO THE members of our victorious Baseball, Tennis and Golf teams, who have made this spring one long to be remembered because of their many triumphs, greetings;

AND TO the members of the Crews, the Soccer and Basketball teams, who have brought renown to the College throughout the year, greetings;

AND TO all others, who in so many ways - some conspicuous, some unnoticed - have added to the prestige of the College this year, greetings; More..

May 18, 1967



WHEREAS, Florida's skies are blue and filled with winds and clouds, and spring is here, a time when chuck-wills' widows call their name at night for reasons known alone to them, but good, no doubt, and jasmine stars give fragrant beauty to the evening air, and

WHEREAS, Charles DuBois has added new and useful beauty to the campus, and the Enyart-Alumni Field House will soon follow, a symbol of the loyalty of Rollins sons and daughters, and

WHEREAS, A science center will soon rise on Rollins campus honoring Archibald Granville Bush, a man of great integrity, and vision, who embodied those ideals which build fine men and nations, and which alone will fortify this country against its enemies, and will protect it from the erosion of indifference to ancient values, and who was loved by one as fine as he; More...

May 14, 1968



WHEREAS, the mockingbirds are singing in the night, and jasmine stars are falling in our gardens, and dogwood blossoms in the woods, and mallard ducks are trailing soft flotillas, and the oak trees are green - green - green, and spring is here;

AND WHEREAS, Rollins' teams have gloriously humbled their neighbor to the north - the wearer of the green and white - in soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, and golf - a splendid lot but less in stamina and skills than Rollins' stalwarts who have so gladdened the spirits of the college and the Fox this year; More...


May 13, 1969



WHEREAS, the clouds are high, and the air is soft, and turtles are lumbering out of the lakes for a high purpose, and fireflies are darting tender messages on the blackboard of .the night to glow worms below, and elderberry blossoms are adding lacy elegance to the woods, and the ducks are gone except our Florida mallards, and spring has come to this great state, and

WHEREAS, our soccer, golf, tennis, basketball and baseball teams and our crew have made this a year of glory, and to be remembered, and

WHEREAS, Rollins is the kind of college which can gather in this way for gentle pleasure; More...