Apple Day


The Tradition of Apple Day 

First celebrated in 1940 as a picnic at a nearby college-owned orchard and given its official name on October 1, 1946, Apple Day is one of the most popular and unique traditions at Mary Baldwin University. The tradition has evolved over time. Historically, the actual date was held as a surprise and announced the night before, with a meal and dance celebration followed by a day off from classes. Many of the beloved traditions associated with Apple Day are still celebrated today, including apple gleaning and special apple-themed meals at Hunt Dining Hall.

Apple Day is held the first Tuesday of October each year.


Apple Day is also about giving back to the community: all of the apples gleaned during the day are donated to a local food bank.



Celebrate with us in 2020!

While some things remain uncertain, one thing remains true — we will celebrate Apple Day virtually this year! We invite alumni and friends from all over the world to take a fun photo with this Mary Baldwin Squirrel to show your Mary Baldwin pride and love of this time-honored tradition!


Squirrel Cut Out:

  • Decorate your squirrel and get her ready for #AppleDay2020 or keep him plain and simple
  • Cut her out or just hold up the page
  • Take a fun photo and submit it to and/or on social media @marybaldwinuniversity using the hashtag #AppleDay2020 (make sure you're following MBU!) Check out our social media page to make sure you're connted with all of our channels and feeds.
  • Check out all of the submissions and features of your fellow Squirrels on this page! And share it with others:


Virtual Connections "Apple Day" Themed Event

Thurs., Oct. 15, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. ET

All alumni are invited to join the Virginia alumni chapter presidents for a fun virtual social hour, featuring Apple Day themed fun!





Apple Day Throughout History

Quick Facts

1842 1842 University Founding
WWII WWII Time of First Apple Day Celebration
17,000 17,000 Number of Living Alumni Worldwide