The UD Student Alumni Ambassadors (UDSAA) and UD’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations invite you to check off your UD Bucket List!

 

The UD Bucket List engages Blue Hens with experiences that best define what it means to be a part of the UD community. Participants share UD traditions, stay connected and build the common bond of being #BlueHensForever.

 

There are 16 gold items for seniors and alumni to complete and 20 blue items for students, faculty and staff or others in the Blue Hen community to complete. Earn the title of Rising Blue Hen or Topflight Blue Hen and win prizes! Record completed items using the UD Bucket List completion form.  

 

Print your own copy of the UD Bucket List to track what you've completed! 

 

Campus partners looking to market their experience as a UD Bucket List item should contact Katie Moyer at ktmoyer@udel.edu.  

Complete Bucket List items and win prizes!

Rising Blue Hens

  • Students who complete 12-17 blue items

  • Alumni and seniors who complete 7-10 gold items

Topflight Blue Hens

  • Students who complete 18-20 blue items

  • Alumni and seniors who complete 11-16 gold items

Faculty and staff are encouraged to complete either the blue or gold list. 

The deadline to submit forms for Fall 2024 is Wednesday, December 4th.

20 Blue Items (day one and beyond)

These 20 items can be completed at any time during your career as a Blue Hen. A freshman who just arrived yesterday or even a Blue Hen community member can easily find pride and success by completing these.

Transitions can be hard for everyone. Stop by the UD Welcome Days during your first weekend on campus to get your feet wet, or come back as an upperclassman and volunteer!

Make your mark by signing your name with pride alongside your fellow classmates. Your class banner is available for signing at many UD Alumni Association events throughout the year.

Come out and show some UD pride at the Homecoming pep rally or tailgate. Make memories with past, present and future Blue Hens.

Think you have met your sweetheart at UD? Visit the kissing arches on either side of Memorial Hall to seal your fate as “Double Dels.” Between 1914 and 1945, The Green was actually home to two schools: Delaware College on the North Green and the Women’s College on the South Green, and the kissing arches were where sweethearts would say goodnight before heading back to their residence halls in time for curfew.

You don’t need to look up at the night sky to discover the planets. Starting at Old College and ending at the Fred Rust Ice Arena, UD boasts a scale model of the solar system, so you can explore the entire universe(ity) all in one afternoon.

Need some good luck for a big exam? Rub the nose on the bust of the former federal District Court judge on your way out of Hugh Morris Library.

There’s no better way to document your Blue Hen spirit than by snapping a picture with our energetic and loveable mascots. Find them around campus or in the stands at sporting events and ask them to say “Cheese!” with a big-beaked smile.

You haven’t tasted anything like UD’s official ice cream. Stop by the creamery on South Campus next to the Fred Rust Ice Arena, which is open year-round. Try delicious flavors like “1923” and “Blue Hen Tracks.”

Join an organization to make new friends, volunteer, or support a cause; giving back and creating lifelong memories is what it means to be a blue hen.  

Show off your Blue Hen spirit by taking a picture with the Blue Hen Statue in Perkins or at the stadium with the Go Hens sign.

Stay in-the-know about the latest news on campus and around Newark by picking up a copy of the student newspaper (or reading online) or by turning your radio dial to 91.3 FM WVUD.

Reach new goals as you participate in a fitness class, climb the rock wall, swim in the indoor pool, or lift weights at the Bob Carpenter Sports Building.  

You can always count on these organizations to bring you at least one big name performer per semester. You’re guaranteed a great show at an even better price.

Whether it means painting your face or throwing on a “Kiss Me, I’m a Blue Hen” button, there’s no better way to cheer on your team than while donning the blue and gold.

The classic combination of tortilla chips, cheese, guacamole and salsa is always a crowd pleaser, especially if you’re enjoying it while taking in the sights and sounds of Main Street from Kate’s porch.

Looking for a place to hang out with friends? Pack a frisbee, a guitar, or beach towel and go spend time at the Harrington Beach/Turf or Indy Turf.

Each Spring show how much you love UD by joining in a campus-wide celebration on the Green! Join in the fun by writing thank you notes to donors, riding the Class Cab, enjoying UD spirited snacks, and more fun activities!

Attending UDance is not only a fantastic way to raise money and awareness to help find a cure for cancer, but you’ll have an amazing experience and make memories to last a lifetime.

In addition to being spirited and scholarly, Blue Hens are also quite talented. Whether it is vocally, instrumentally, or theatrically, they are always hosting performances for your viewing pleasure.

Take one sunny day, a few good friends, some tasty treats and one of the most beautiful places on campus and combine for the perfect afternoon.

Student pose with YouDee and their UDairy ice cream.
Students play volleyball on the Beach.
Class of 2022 Twilight Induction Ceremony held on the South Green on August 28, 2018. - (Evan Krape / University of Delaware)

16 GOLD ITEMS (senior year and beyond)

 

These 16 items can be completed senior year and beyond. They bring the list full circle and encourage you to consider your role as a Blue Hen during your closing undergraduate years as well as after graduation.

Choose any organization or academic program that impacted your years at UD and send a donation their way so they can continue to thrive.

Show your appreciation with a good old-fashioned thank you note, which you can send along to that professor or advisor who wrote you an awesome recommendation letter or helped you out before a hard exam.

Stay updated on what's happening at UD, learn about alumni events, see campus photos that tap into your UD nostalgia and more.  with new channels for your alumni status! Be sure to tag us and use #BlueHensForever in your own posts! 

Sure to impress any diner, this five-star gem, run by Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management students, is hidden upstairs in Trabant University Center. Bon appetit!

Before you have your own “Rocky” moment at the top of the Old College steps, check out the names of donors along the brick walkway who have contributed to UD at the Delaware Diamond Society level.

Make your way down Main Street and stop at some classic, late-night establishments with friends in your major, former floormates or your favorite student group.

Get your picture taken with one of the beautiful fountains on campus.

From motivational quotes to drawings that reflect your time at UD, decorating your cap is a great way to enCAPsulate your UD years.

Take some time off before finals and enjoy a week full of activities with your soon-to-be graduating classmates.

Visit the circle, located between the Lil' Bob and Old College, and step over the seal to honor the network of over 200,000 Blue Hen alumni!

Before throwing your cap in the air, take a moment to enjoy your capstone collegiate achievement of becoming a UD alum by walking at graduation.

From New York to California, Blue Hens love gathering across the country (and even internationally!). Find your roost wherever you end up after graduation.

And don’t forget to text DELAWARE to 30203 to join the Blue Hen Texting Club, providing you with the first invites to alumni signature events and other UD updates.

Whether you’re catching up with old classmates or still celebrating graduation, Alumni Weekend has something for everyone. From attending a college or affinity group reception to returning to the residence halls, it’s all about celebrating being a Blue Hen for life.

Whether you share your experience and expertise as a career mentor or give back your time through volunteer opportunities based on your interests or availability, you have much to offer UD and its students. Check out some UD volunteer opportunities.

Whether you’re working, traveling or just out and about, spread your UD pride far and wide by talking about your UD experience and/or wearing blue and gold.

Remember how much fun you used to have at the Delaware football games? Well now it’s time to dust off that Flacco jersey and grab some old friends before heading to your alma mater for a school-spirited Homecoming weekend.

Graduating students celebrate at graduation by throwing their caps in the air.
UD alumni enjoy a live performance at DelaBration during Alumni Weekend.
A student shows off her decorated graduation cap at an event sponsored by DAR.

Need a hint?

 

Not sure where to go or want to plan out your adventure? Check out our handy map of all the UD Bucket List locations. 

Disclaimer

SAFETY: While we, the Student Alumni Ambassadors and the Alumni Relations staff, do encourage school spirit when completing the Bucket List and creativity when taking pictures for submission to the Bucket List photo section, the University of Delaware is not liable for any injuries sustained in the process. We are confident that each of the items can be completed in a safe and legal manner.

ALCOHOL: We also understand that some places at which certain Bucket List items can be completed do serve alcohol. We do not condone underage consumption and remind students who are 21 and opt to consume, to do so in a responsible and safe manner.

PRIVACY: We do not store any of your personal information other than what you submit when you contribute photos, if you opt to do so. The purpose of this information is to credit the creative property and do not sell or share personal information of this nature with any third parties.

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