Baylor to Celebrate Week of Dia Events April 19-24
WACO, Texas (April 15, 2021) – As Baylor University winds down the spring semester, students will be able to take a break from studying each evening of April 19-24 and enjoy a range of campus activities in the spirit of the University's Diadeloso tradition.
Dia Week events include student performances, games, concerts, food trucks, the Baylor Football spring game and much more. In addition, students can order Dia apparel beginning April 20, from retro options (yellow "Throwback 1984 Día Shirt" or green "Throwback 1982 Día Shirt") to this year's official "89th Annual Dia Shirt."
"Students will be able to enjoy many events over the course of the week in the spirit of Diadeloso, including good food, community movie night, a musical artist and plenty of COVID-safe games and activities," said Dakota Farquhar-Caddell, associate director of student activities and Robert L. Reid Director of the Baylor Chamber of Commerce. "Our students have worked hard to keep each other and our community safe this year, and it’s especially fitting that we make extra time for joy and fun as the semester winds down. We can’t wait to celebrate the spirit of Baylor all week long."
Dia Week 2021 Schedule of Events
Monday, April 19: Student Showcase at SUB Bowl
- 7 p.m. – Performances by student dance groups, choirs and artists
Tuesday, April 20: Dia Dr Pepper Hour at SUB
- 3 to 4 p.m. – Special Diadeloso-themed Dr Pepper Hour with limited edition Diadeloso-themed cups and cookies
Wednesday, April 21: Exotic Animals/Petting Zoo
- 5 to 9 p.m. – Fountain Mall
Thursday, April 22: Movie Night on Fountain Mall
- 8 p.m. - (Movie to be announced soon)
- Limited edition Dia blankets for the first 100 students
- Food trucks on campus
Friday, April 23: Concert and Games on Fountain Mall
- 5 to 8 p.m. - Games, Food Trucks and Photo Booths
- 8 p.m. - Concert (artist to be announced soon)
Saturday, April 24: Spring Football game, Sundown Sessions Carnival, Escape Room, Inflatables
- Noon - Baylor Football Green and Gold Game at McLane Stadium
- 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. - Sundown Sessions Carnival at the SUB
- Campus-wide Scavenger Hunt hosted by Waco Escape Room
- Inflatable Games on Fountain Mall
Dia started in 1932 as a way to "bring smiles to the faces of students" by giving them a break from classes. The annual spring holiday gradually became a favorite pastime. Re-organized by the Chamber of Commerce in 1935, its popularity rapidly grew and the name of the occasion through the years changed from All University Day to Physical Fitness Day to May Day. In 1966, students voted to name the annual occasion "Diadeloso" or "The Day of the Bear."
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Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 19,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.