Alumnae merchandise makes for a great holiday gift!

Just a reminder… Wednesday December 15th is the last date to order merchandise in order to guarantee arrival before Christmas!  Please contact the Office of Alumnae & Parent Relations to place an order.  Feel free to call us at 919.760.8548 or email us at!   Also, be sure to ask about gift wrapping!

Happy shopping!

Photo of the Week!

Happy Holidays from the Office of Alumnae & Parent Relations!

Meredith has celebrated Christmas in many ways through the years, including formal dinners.  It’s unclear when the Christmas Dinner tradition began, but we can learn details from student newspapers, such as 1941: “The college dining hall will be the scene of the formal affair.”

In 1949, formal dress was still required. “The rustling of dinner dresses and candlelight will be one of the transformations which will take place in the college dining hall.”  The evening ended with the “traditional Christmas caroling in Raleigh by the students.  Four groups, consisting of two buses each, are to sing carols at the homes of state leaders as well as those of faculty members and persons connected with the college, Rex Hospital, the State Hospital, the State prison, Blind School, and other near-by institutions.”

By 1964, dress had become semi-formal, and the dinner was described as “extravagant.”  After the meal, students went “caroling at the homes of the faculty and staff.  Upon returning to school, all participated in hall and suite parties.”

The 1971 celebration began with a Christmas dance and concert several days before the dinner, which was followed by caroling at “various faculty members’ homes where the girls sang favorite Christmas songs and were served refreshments.”  Semi-formal attire was not mentioned.

After the 1986 dinner, students lit luminaries, “a student body project to raise money for Interact, a division of United Way.  There will be 5,500 luminaries lining every road and sidewalk on campus.  Afterward, everyone will gather around the fountain in front of Johnson Hall to sing Christmas carols led by the Chorale.”

Photo of the Week!

This week on campus, students are in the middle of final exams before finally finishing up their fall semester.  We thought this series of images, featuring Heather Blake, ’96, might remind you of your time in Carlyle Campbell Library!  Enjoy!

Let us help you with your holiday shopping!

We have recently gotten some new items in stock including: Vineyard Vines totes and ties, dog collars and leashes and Meredith ornaments. In addition to these new items, we continue to carry Tervis Tumblers, coffee tumblers, garden flags, visors, beach towels, youth Meredith is Good t-shirts and jute tote bags.

To place an order, please contact the Alumnae Office at 919.760.8548 or  These items cannot be purchased in the campus bookstore.  Orders can be shipped or picked up on campus. For holiday shipments, all orders must be placed by December 15th.  We can also save Santa some time by wrapping your purchases! Should you have any questions, please contact the Alumnae Office.

Happy Shopping, and Happy Holidays!

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Price List:

Vineyard Vines tote bag $95
Hand Painted Christmas Ornament $20
Travel Coffee Mugs $15
Tervis Tumblers $15 each or 4 for $50
Dog Collars (pink and blue) $15
Dog Leash (pink and blue) $20
Collar & Leash Set $30 (save $5)
‘Meredith is Good’ Children’s Tees $12
Garden / Mailbox Flag $8
Jute Tote Bag $20
Embroidered Visor $15

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