Traditions at CSB/SJU

All-day music festivals, holiday dinners, hot bread nights – these are just some of the campus traditions that unite the Bennie and Johnnie community for a lifetime.


CSB Athlete

CSB Athletics

CSB/SJU students win on and off the field. Our teams have a strong history of winning conference titles and competing for national championships. However, leadership training and community involvement are other critical components of our athletic programs.


SJU Athlete Photo

SJU Athletics

CSB/SJU students win on and off the field. Our teams have a strong history of winning conference titles and competing for national championships. However, leadership training and community involvement are other critical components of our athletic programs.


Group of people at a table

Benedictine Friends

BINGO, mass, and cookie decorating are just a few of the many ways Bennies and the Benedictine sisters on campus enjoy each other's company through our "Benedictine Friends" program.


male Students eating Johnnie Bread

Hot Bread Night

Let the aroma of freshly baked Johnnie Bread lure you to Hot Bread Night. Johnnies can enjoy a study break with their floor mates while deciding which tasty toppings to spread on their bread.


Students enjoying pancakes late at night

Finals Week Pancake Feed

During finals week our cafeterias stay open late making our students pancakes to fuel their studying. Traditionally the students do just as much laughing as studying while they feast.


Student being cheering on by another student wearing a banana costume

Fruit at the Finish Triathlon

The name says it all. Participate in the triathlon and enjoy fruit at the finish. "Give it all you apricot" and "berry the competition" are a few fruity themes from recent years.


Students gathered around a chocolate fountain at a holiday function.

Holiday Dinners

A few days before students leave for Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, CSB/SJU hosts their own Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. The meals are complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, rolls and pumpkin pie.


Horse drawn hayride driving down at a road at Saint John's

Maple Syrup Festival

Maple syruping has been a tradition at Saint John's since the 1940s. The end of the syrup tapping season is marked by a festival, which includes horse-drawn rides, syrup sundaes, and local music.


Two CSB Students holding candles

Candle Lighting Ceremony

CSB's Candle Lighting Ceremonies mark the first and last meal that Bennies share together as a class. The ceremonies represent Bennies sharing their light with the world.


Two students kayaking on Lake Sagatagan

Outdoor Opportunities Galore

Multiple lakes, twenty miles of trails, more than 3,000 acres of woods and countless ways to enjoy the outdoors. Students fish, canoe, snowshoe, cross-country ski, rollerblade, run and swim right on campus.


CSB student in cultural clothing, performing

Festival of Cultures

The annual Festival of Cultures celebrates and recognizes diversity at CSB/SJU through student performances, cultural food sampling and a fashion show. Some of the cultures regularly represented include: Bahamas, Ireland, China, Ethiopia, Japan, Poland, Yup'ik Alaska Native and South Korea. 


male Students eating Johnnie Bread

Father/Daughter Dance and Mom Prom

We're not sure who has more fun! One of the last weekends before graduation, students and their parents enjoy dinner together and dance into the wee hours of the evening.