August 2023

The Rally


The Rally is a long-standing tradition at Lehigh University. Every year, the incoming class is adopted by the class who were introduced to Lehigh 50 years prior. 

Alumni representing the classes of 1953 through 2023 carry their class flags

Alumni representing the classes of 1953 through 2023 carry their class flags at the Rally, welcoming the Classes of 2024 and 2025.

Celebrate one of Lehigh’s longest-standing traditions.

Since 1945, alumni who matriculated 50 years prior have adopted that year’s first-year students to celebrate the brown and white at the annual Rally. Come celebrate Lehigh through spirited events like student performances, the alumni class adoption, and the colorful parade of classes, where alumni representatives wield their class flags and first-year students reveal the flag for their class. 

For questions, please contact Stephanie Fisher, director, class affinity, at (610) 758-3069, or University Events at (610) 758-2746.


Rally Livestream

Enjoy the 78th annual incoming student and alumni Rally!

Karen presenting Ethan with Class of 2025 flag

In This Image: Karen Stuckey ’75 presented Ethan Riester ’25 with Class of 2025 flag, the first time an alumna did the honors.

President Joseph Helble on stage

In This Image: President Joseph Helble ‘82 welcomes the Classes of 2024 and 2025 to campus at his first Rally since becoming President

Group at volunteer dinner prior to the Rally

In This Image: Class Representatives Karen Stuckey ‘75, her husband Henry Seduski, and Gus Gustafson ‘74 gather with President Joe Helble ‘82 and his wife Rebecca Dabora at the volunteer dinner prior to the Rally.

Get involved with The Rally!

Welcome the newest members of our Lehigh family!

Alumni walking through the crowd with their class flags

Represent Your Class

We need at least one flag bearer from every class! Email if you’d like to come to campus end-August to participate.

Group of people seated for dinner in a tent

The Pre-Rally Volunteer Dinner

Join your classmates at the pre-Rally Dinner. It's a great place to meet up with classmates and celebrate this Lehigh tradition.

Zoom video tiles with smiling faces

Can't Make it in Person? Send a Virtual Welcome

Send a note to if you’d like to take 2 minutes to participate in a welcome video to our new classes.

Freshmen holding her class flag for the class of 2026

Orientation Recap

The days are filled with excitement and activities as Lehigh University first year students attend orientation events. 

Two men carrying flag

Accepting the Flag

Every year incoming undergraduate students are selected to accept their class flag from the adoptive class. Their flag is then hung in the Alumni Memorial Building with a number of other class flags.