Happy Groundhog Day

The College of Charleston is an institution grounded in history. We are also an establishment resonating in tradition. Somewhere between the College’s foundation (243 years ago, in 1770) and the Graduate School’s initial launch (41 years ago, in 1972), another tradition developed in our country.

Every year, since 1886, people gather and wait to hear whether there will be six more weeks of winter or an early spring – from a groundhog. It may seem silly, but our nation has been watching for 127 years. There is even a large festival and celebration that takes place in Pennsylvania. Found out more about the celebration and the Legend of Punxsutawney Phil here


A photo of Phil from the 2012 celebration

As the legends go, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, we’ll have six more weeks of winter. If he does not, there will be an early spring.

So, what are you voting for: shadow & winter or no shadow & spring?

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