Traditionally held on the first nice day of spring, Dean’s Day occurs when the Dean of Academic Affairs rings the bell located on the roof of Edgar Hall to cancel classes for the day. This allows students to relax before finals and enjoy the weather after winter.
First called President’s Day because President Havens, nicknamed “Prexy” by the students, originated the tradition. The first “Prexy’s Day” was Nov. 10, 1950 when President Havens spontaneously decided to give the students the day off. After that day, all unplanned days off during his presidency fell under the “Prexy’s Day” heading. Nowadays, it’s limited to one day off in the spring every year.