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Dad's Day

The long-standing custom of inviting moms to the College for May Day inspired the 1924-25 sophomore class to honor their dads on a special day. The sophomore class presented their idea of a special day to the student body, which was overwhelmingly approved. The sophomores gladly accepted the challenge to plan for Dad's Day.

The College celebrated the first Dad's Day on Monday, March 15, 1925. When dads arrived on Sunday evening they had a short time to visit with their daughters or go out to dinner before the ten o'clock curfew. On Monday, after a breakfast of cinnamon rolls, the dads and daughters toured the campus, took walks, and drove around town, but the day's special festivities started with a special luncheon at The Peacock Inn, a popular downtown coffee shop on the square. After returning to campus the Dramatic and Expression Clubs entertained the dads with special plays given in the social rooms (the daughters paid for admission), and the Oasis Swim Club held a swimming meet in the Hardtner Gymnasium pool. Later that evening, dads and daughters enjoyed a semi-formal dinner, ending with rounds of songs led by both the dads and the daughters. The Athletic Department sponsored the final event of the day in the gymnasium with gymnastics and dance demonstrations.

In later years Dad's Day coincided with the weekend beginning of Easter break and the programs evolved as tastes in entertainment changed through the decades. Some years the College added golf, softball, or basketball games with dads competing against daughters, or the choirs performed musicals. The Oasis Club were renamed Macquatics and performed synchronized swimming, and the social room plays gave way to theatrics in the gymnasium. The last Dad's Day was in 1963, which was replaced by a parents' weekend in the early fall.


Photo of the 1931 Dad's Day participants.
1931 Dad's Day group photo.

Photo of female Mac students paired up and in costume.  One girl in each pair is dressed in men's clothing.
"Danger in Doubles" musical revue presented by the Physical Education Department. "The dads never realized what good men their daughters make."