Fletcher Traditions

Fletcher is a great place to augment your professional profile and expand your theoretical knowledge, but being a member of the Fletcher community means having fun, too! Check out a sampling of a few cherished Fletcher traditions.


Culture Nights
Culture nights are a highlight of the year for many. Mediterranean NightAfricana Night, Mediterranean Night, Asia Night, and Fiesta Latina showcase music, dance, poetry, photography and, of course, food from around the world.
Social Hour
Weekly social hour in the Hall of Flags is an important feature of the academic year. Normally hosted by one of Fletcher's many student organizations, social hour provides a much-needed study break, as well as some snacks and drinks. As fun as it is to debate the merits of R2P and double bottom line inclusive finance projects, it's also sometimes nice to talk about last night's Celtics game, or plans for the upcoming weekend.

Not surprisingly, Fletcher students are dedicated to a variety of causes. Movember is among the more visible for one month a year. Considering how handsome these Fletcher fellows look with their flavor savers, you might wonder if any continue the look beyond the titular month. The answer, unfortunately, is yes.

Ski Trip

Spending a winter in New England without going skiing at least once is a missed opportunity, so Fletcher students head for points north each year for an annual ski trip. For those less inclined to hurl themselves down an ice-covered mountain (which New Englanders refer to as "packed powder") on a pair of waxed sticks, a weekend by the lodge fireplace and in the hot tubs isn't so bad, either.

Diplomats Ball
"Dip Ball" lets Fletcher students show their classy side. Dip BallHeld at a select Boston waterfront location (the Moakley Courthouse this year), the Ball is a chance for sharply-dressed future diplomats to live the high life for an evening.
Faculty and Staff Wait On You Dinner

The name of this annual event says it all. Students get a much-deserved chance to turn the tables on professors and administrators by sitting at tables staffed by them. Those "waiters" known for particularly demanding syllabi often find their tables in surprisingly frequent need of service on this night.
Painting the Cannon

Painting the cannon
is a storied Tufts tradition, and Fletcher students are sure
to leave their mark on this campus landmark each year. Stock up on your Fletcher orange spray paint now!
Pizza Lunches with Dean Sheehan
There are many reasons beyond his monthly pizza lunches with students that Executive Associate Dean Gerard Sheehan is a popular figure at Fletcher. In addition to running the day to day operations of the school, Dean Sheehan not only makes the effort to get to know all Fletcher students, he also learns to pronounce everyone's name correctly. It's no surprise that his monthly lunches with students fill up quickly.
Fletcher Follies
Out of respect for the time-honored (and wise) principle of "what happens at Follies stays at Follies," we can't actually show you any pictures of this annual event, one of the most popular of the academic year. Suffice to say that some students put such time and effort into their satirical videos they could almost qualify as a class, and that if you have a burning desire to see Fletcher professors (and even the Dean) dancing or singing, Follies is not to be missed.