Here in McElvaney we love to do three things: eat food, have fun, and learn. Those passions can be seen in the many traditions that we hold dear.  

Annual Traditions


International Food Festival

Each year the McElvaney Commons leadership works with the cultural student organizations on campus to host a food festival that brings together students from across the university and around the world. This festival has given many students the opportunity to learn about a variety of cultures while tasting their native cuisine. 

Pinning Ceremony

At the end of the fall semester we officially welcome the new McResidents to the commons. Each new McResident is given a McElvaney pin before sharing a catered meal with their McElvaney family. 


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Camp McElvaney

Food, Fun, and Tie-Dye Before the Spring semester comes to an end we enjoy a taste of summer fun. Part barbecue, part carnival, all fun. 

Yearlong Traditions


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Weekly FiR Salon

Every Sunday night our FiR, Jim Hart and his family, host residents in their apartment! This salong is a great opportunity for McResidents to interact with the FiR family.


Socialite Club

Each semester our FiR family takes students to a cultural event within the city of Dallas. These cultural events consist of attending a showing of The Nutcracker in the Fall and a musical in the Spring.