Colgate Day

Every Friday the 13th, the Colgate community celebrates . . . 

For many, Friday the 13th is a day to be feared. For Colgate alumni, students, employees, families, and friends, it’s a day to celebrate our association with this great institution.

Colgate Day is a worldwide celebration that takes place every Friday the 13th. It’s a day to gather with Colgate friends and show your pride for alma mater, to wear maroon, and to show your love on social media. On Colgate Day we celebrate our Colgate spirit, and our connection with Colgate alumni spread all across the globe. 

Colgate Fund Bicentennial Challenge

Starting on Colgate Day and ending on December 31, a group of generous alumni and parents are offering to match all gifts made to the Colgate Fund up to $1.3 million.

More about the challenge

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Events on March 13

Colgate Day Dinner / New Club Meet & Greet
4:00 PM
Home of Peter '76 and Ruth Zimmer '78 Gregory - Yulee, FL

Colgate Day Happy Hour - Chenango Valley
4:30 PM 
Good Nature Farm Brewery - Hamilton, NY

Colgate Day Happy Hour - Fairfield County
4:30 PM
The Gingerman - Greenwich, CT

Colgate Day Happy Hour - Denver
5:00 PM
Odell's Rino Brewhouse and Taproom - Denver, CO

Colgate Day Happy Hour - Seattle
5:00 PM
Stoup Brewing - Seattle, WA

Colgate Day Happy Hour - Pittsburgh
5:00 PM
Emerson's (Market Square) - Pittsburgh, PA

Colgate Day Happy Hour - NYC
5:00 PM
Circa Brewing Co. - Brooklyn, NY

Colgate Day Happy Hour - Greenville
5:00 PM 
Iron Hill Brewery - Greenville, SC

Colgate Day Happy Hour - Cincinnati
5:30 PM 
Taft's Ale House - Cincinnati, OH

Colgate Day Happy Hour - Rhode Island
Tavern on the Square - Cranston, RI

Colgate Day Happy Hour & Pasta Tasting
6:00 PM
Melina's Fresh Pasta Shop - Durham, NC

Colgate Day Wine Tasting - Rochester
6:00 PM
Living Roots Wine & Co. - Rochester, NY

Colgate Day Alumni Luncheon - Charlotte
12:00 PM
204 North Kitchen & Cocktails - Charlotte, NC

Colgate Day Happy Hour - Washington, D.C.
5:30 PM
The Boardwalk - Washington, D.C.

Colgate Day Happy Hour- Chicago
5:00 PM
Porter Kitchen & Deck - Chicago, IL

Colgate Day Happy Hour - Northern NJ
7:00 PM
Shanghai Jazz - Madison, NJ

Colgate Day Happy Hour - Richmond
6:00 PM
Hardywood West Creek - Richmond, VA

Colgate Day Happy Hour - Westchester
7:00 PM
Ruby’s Oyster Bar & Bistro - Rye, NY

Colgate Day Happy Hour - Greensboro
5:00 PM
GIA. Drink. Eat. Listen - Greensboro, NC

Colgate Day Happy Hour - South Florida
6:00 PM
The Butcher Shop Beer Garden and Grill - Miami, FL

Colgate Day Happy Hour - Columbus
5:00 PM
High Bank Distillery Co. - Columbus, OH

Why Friday the 13th?

As most former students know, the University’s connection to the number 13 dates back to its founding.

In 1817, 13 men — six clergy and seven laymen — met in the frontier settlement of Hamilton with “13 dollars, 13 prayers, and 13 articles.” During that meeting, the men founded the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York, the cornerstone for what would become the Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution, then Madison University, and finally Colgate University.

But the relationship with the number doesn’t stop there.

There’s the University’s address, 13 Oak Drive. And Colgate’s zip code, 13346: the first two numbers, standing alone, are the number 13, and the sum of the remaining three totals 13. Even the University’s motto has a connection with 13. There are — no surprise here — 13 letters in Deo ac Veritati, a Latin phrase meaning “for God and truth.”

Colgate Day Checklist

  • Schedule a Colgate Day party or happy hour — make it official by letting the alumni relations office know. We can help you make it extra special.
  • Contact your college friends to say, ‘Happy Colgate Day’ 
  • Find Colgate gear and/or favorite maroon garb
  • Post a photo of yourself in said gear or garb to social media
  • Add the hashtag #ColgateDay to be part of the worldwide digital celebration
  • Bonus points for photos of babies and pets in Colgate gear

Host a Colgate Day Party or Happy Hour in Your Area

E-mail the Colgate alumni relations staff at and we’ll help you connect with other alumni in your region — and celebrate Colgate Day properly.