Holy Cross to Host 46th Annual Classics Day for High School Students

More than 300 high school students across Massachusetts expected to participate

The College of the Holy Cross will host its 46th annual Classics Day on Thursday, April 12, 2018. The day will include a series of events relating to both the study and experience of ancient Roman culture and is designed to familiarize students with the Holy Cross classics department, its faculty, and current students.

This year's event will feature certamen, a contest on Latin grammar, Roman and Greek mythology, Roman history, and Roman life, a classically-themed costume contest, as well as a Manuscripts Challenge and an art competition.

Approximately 300 students from 16 high schools across the state are expected to attend the event. Participating schools include:

  • Boston College High School (Boston, Mass.)
  • Bradford Christian Academy (Haverhill, Mass.)
  • Burncoat High School (Worcester, Mass.)
  • Doherty Memorial High School (Worcester, Mass.)
  • Everett High School (Everett, Mass.)
  • Littleton High School (Littleton, Mass.)
  • Milton High School (Milton, Mass.)
  • Newman School (Boston, Mass.)
  • Newton Country Day School (Newton, Mass.)
  • Pope Francis High School (Chicopee, Mass.)
  • Shrewsbury High School (Shrewsbury, Mass.)
  • St. Sebastian’s School (Needham, Mass.)
  • The Academy at Penguin Hall (Wenham, Mass.)
  • Ursuline Academy (Dedham, Mass.)
  • Wachusett Regional High School (Holden, Mass.)
  • Walpole High School (Walpole, Mass.)


The schedule of events is as follows:


9:00 – 9:20 a.m., Hogan Campus Center, 3rd Floor Lobby

Welcoming Address

9:20 – 9:30 a.m., Hogan Ballroom

Professor Neel Smith, chair of the department of classics, will give the address.

Opening Remarks

9:30 – 9:40 a.m., Hogan Ballroom

James Garry '20 and Hannah Nguyen '19, co-chairs of Classics Day, will give the opening remarks.

Manuscripts Challenge

9:40 – 10 a.m., Hogan Ballroom

Upper and Lower Divisions Certamen

10:15 – 11:30 a.m., Assigned Rooms

Certamen is Latin for “competition.”  Student teams will compete College Bowl style, answering questions concerning Roman history, mythology, culture and the Latin language.

Costume Contest

10:15 – 11:30 a.m., Hogan Ballroom

Students dress as any person, god, goddess, or object from Ancient Roman or Greek society and are judged on creativity, presentation, and knowledge of character.

Art Contest Judging

10:15 – 11:30 a.m., Hogan Ballroom Lounge


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Kimball Dining Hall

Final Round Certamen

12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Hogan Ballroom

Awards Presentation

1:30 – 1:45 p.m., Hogan Ballroom