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Fox Day 2024 in Photos

April 23, 2024

By Jessica Firpi ’11

Fox Day 2024 collage
Photo by Scott Cook.

Fox Day was once again everyone’s favorite day of the year. Look back at 2024’s unforgettable festivities and the moments that made this year’s celebration a true testament to Rollins’ most beloved tradition.

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 17, the much-anticipated fox made his annual springtime appearance on Tars Plaza, signaling that one day a year when classes are cancelled and the campus heads outside to enjoy a day-long dose of vitamin D.

Daybreak to sunset, Tars savored every second of fun in the sun. From paddleboarding on Lake Virginia to the barbecue feast on Mills Lawn, here are a few of our favorite moments from Fox Day 2024.

President Grant Cornwell with students and the Fox
Photo by Scott Cook.

It all started when President Grant Cornwell rolled out the beloved fox statue onto Tars Plaza at daybreak on Wednesday morning to let everyone know that the day in store was going to be too pretty for business as usual.

Students celebrating Fox Day
Photo by Scott Cook.

Everyone has their own way of celebrating their excitement for Rollins’ favorite tradition.

Students eating donuts, posing with the Fox
Photo by Scott Cook.

As is customary, students noshed on donuts on Tars Plaza before deciding whether to head to the pool, set off for the beach, or jump in the lake.

Students on Fox Day
Photo by Scott Cook.
Students on Fox Day
Photo by Scott Cook.
Group of students with the Fox
Photo by Scott Cook.

On Fox Day, it’s all about working on your tan and catching up with friends on America’s most beautiful campus. Whether it was joining in the activities on Mills Lawn, lazing by the pool in Lakeside, or heading to the beach, which is just an hour from campus, students made the most of their day in the sun.

Students catching fox plushies
Photo by Scott Cook.
Students with the Fox mascot making fox plushies
Photo by Scott Cook.

This year the campus activities included body-painting, yoga on the lawn, woodcrafting, and even building your own fox plushie.

Students with the fox mascot
Photo by Scott Cook.
Students paddleboarding on Lake Virginia
Photo by Scott Cook.

Thanks to Rollins’ prime location on Lake Virginia, getting out on the water with friends is as easy as grabbing a paddleboard, canoe, or kayak to launch right from the campus dock. And there’s no better day than Fox Day to try out your skills.

Students at the Fox Day picnic
Photo by Scott Cook.
Students at the Fox Day picnic
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.

Student playing the steel drums at the Fox Day picnic
Photo by Scott Cook.

With Fox Day 2024 now etched into the Rollins’ history books, it’s now just 360-ish days and counting until that sneaky fox declares that it’s ditch day once again.

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